JTA Managers Out | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has confirmed three managers are no longer employed by the organization.
Their last day on the job was last Friday. The JTA has refused to release any details, however our news partner the Florida Times-Union is reporting that Superintendent of Transportation Charlotte Hall and Risk Manager Joseph Lewis resigned their positions.
Bus Operations Analyst Roxanne Capehart refused to resign and was fired.
Michael Blaylock, Executive Director for the JTA, says the three were held responsible for not doing a better job of screening bus drivers.
Capehart, the operations analyst, told the Times-Union that responsibility was taken away from her a full year ago and she is considering suing the JTA for wrongful termination.
The Times-Union has been investigating backgrounds of JTA bus drivers and found that dozens of drivers had violent crime arrests for things like domestic violence and child abuse.
Many JTA bus drivers were cited for driving without valid licenses says our news partner.
Executive Director Blaylock admits to the Times Union that the JTA has not done a good job screening its drivers.
Blaylock tells the T-U the JTA is going to make changes and it is his responsibility to fix it.
According to Blaylock the JTA has a new police to do regular checks on driving records and will no longer hire drivers with violent crime arrests.
First Coast News asked for two days to speak with JTA officials regarding this matter. So far no one has spoken with us.