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Jaunt CEO resigns

The CEO of Central Virginia’s regional public transit system has resigned.

Ted Rieck served as the chief executive of Jaunt, previously known as Jefferson Area United Transportation, for two years.

Jaunt announced his departure in a statement on Friday afternoon before the Christmas holiday weekend. No explanation was given for Rieck’s departure, nor was Rieck quoted in the statement announcing his resignation.

“We are grateful to Ted for his contributions to Jaunt, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Brad Burdette, president of Jaunt’s board of directors, is quoted in the statement.

Replacing Rieck in the interim will be Mike Murphy, principal of IDEA Minds, an executive coaching and organizational development firm, who previously served as the Albemarle County representative on Jaunt’s board.

Jaunt’s governing board of directors is appointed by the localities the transit system serves. It comprises 14 voting members, four from the city of Charlottesville, four from Albemarle County and two from Louisa, Fluvanna and Nelson counties.

Murphy resigned from his position on the board prior to his nomination for the interim appointment.

“We are pleased that Mike is available to step into this role, providing experienced leadership for staff and assuring continuity for Jaunt’s ridership and community members,” Burdette said.

Jaunt’s board of directors said it has already launched its search for a more permanent CEO.

“We commit to Jaunt’s mission of providing convenient, reliable transit solutions in Central Virginia, and to support that, we are looking for leaders who are innovative, knowledgeable about transit, and dedicated to uniting staff, community partners, and the systems that impact transit,” said Burdette.

Jaunt has been in operation since 1975 and is largely funded by state and federal grants and local tax dollars. In recent years, it has had to restrict and eliminate routes due to budget constraints and low ridership.


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