Isaiah Marshall resigns as CATS board chairman

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POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:50pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 11:06pm

Isaiah Marshall resigned from the Board of Directors of CATS Thursday.

Marshall faced pressure from Mayor Kip Holden, members of the Metro Council, and Together Baton Rouge, but said as recently as Tuesday that he would not resign.

Jared Loftus, a member of the CATS board who served as its chairman prior to Marshall, said in a statement, "I respect Isaiah's decision to step down from the board.

"I only hope this can help pave the way to get back to the real conversation that needs to be had, and that's how do we provide the taxpayers of Baton Rouge with the transportation system they are paying for and deserve."

CATS is the subject of investigations for two separate financial issues. Former board member Montrell McCaleb allegedly took nearly $1,500 from a payroll account to pay his personal bills. CATS management is also trying to figure out if a discrepancy of more than $100,000 between money reported by fare boxes and cash counted by hand is the result of computer error or theft.

CATS also had to scrap its plan to award a $1.5 million contract for a program management firm after the request for proposal process was called into question for being too vague. The program manager is expected to use its transit expertise to implement all the improvements and route changes promised in CATS' strategic plan.

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