Rock Region METRO narrows CEO search to 3 finalists

Rock Region METRO narrows CEO search to 3 finalists

The agency's previous CEO, Charles Frazier, left the post in December for a position at Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
May 4, 2022

Rock Region METRO in North Little Rock, Ark., narrowed its search for a new chief executive to 3 candidates on Tuesday.

The finalists include acting CEO Justin Avery; George Brooks, metro operations director for the Maryland Department of Transportation; and Gary Forbes, division general manager for First Transit in Commerce City, Colo.

The agency's previous CEO, Charles Frazier, announced his resignation last November and accepted a position as chief operating officer at Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Frazier was receiving an annual salary of $180,000.

In his application, Avery said he has aspired to the CEO position since joining Rock Region METRO in 2012. "My interest stems from my passion for and experience in development of public transportation as an essential tool for communities."

According to his LinkedIn profile, Brooks joined the Maryland Department of Transportation in his present role in May 2020 and previously served as maintenance director at SEPTA in Philadelphia for 15 years.

Forbes has served as a general manager for First Transit for the past 15 years. His current assignment is Commerce City, Colo. He also served as a general manager for First Transit in Longmont, Colo.

Rock Region METRO is the largest public transit agency in Arkansas, serving Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County with approximately 200 employees.

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