Housecleaning at Cap Metro
CFO and Engineering VP resign
By Lee Nichols,
3:20PM, Fri. Oct. 15, 2010
Chief financial officer Randy Hume and Vice President of Engineering and Construction John Almond have resigned from Capital Metro at the request of new President/CEO Linda Watson. The resignations aren't too surprising, considering financial problems that occurred partly on Hume's watch and rail construction delays under Almond.
As first reported this afternoon by KXAN.com, office employees learned of the resignations via a memo from Watson, reprinted below, and the Chronicle has since spoken with Watson:
"After being on the ground for the last couple of months, I've been very carefully evaluating the agency, our resources, and I determined that it was time to move in a different direction, and bring a new skill set to the table in these areas," Watson said.
Asked to specifically identify what in their performances motivated her to send Hume and Almond packing, Watson said, "I'm responsible for moving the organization forward that was really the decision. It wasn't necessarily looking at past performance, but it's more related to what I believe we need at the agency to move forward what I feel the skill sets are needed for the future."
And apparently, those skill sets are found in Billy Hamilton, at least for now. Hamilton is the widely respected former deputy state comptroller who was brought on board at Cap Metro back in February under interim CEO Doug Allen on a temporary contract to help the agency get its financial woes under control. Watson, who joined Cap Metro in August, announced Hamilton will be staying a little longer and assuming some of Hume's duties.
"It was really just a lucky opportunity to get someone of his caliber in the financial area," Watson said. "He has a tremendous wealth of experience, and having the ability to have access to somebody of his level and that caliber was very fortunate for me to help in the interim period." Watson said Hamilton's consulting commitments with other clients make it unlikely he'll be a permanent hire, and the agency will begin hunting for a replacement.
Watson's memo announcing the changes:
TO: All Administrative Employees
CC: Capital Metro Board of Directors
FROM: Linda S. Watson
DATE: October 14, 2010
The purpose of this communication is to notify you that Randy Hume, executive vice president of finance and administration and John Almond, vice president of engineering and construction, have resigned from Capital Metro to pursue other opportunities. I thank them for their years of service to Capital Metro and wish them well in their future endeavors.
In the interim, consultant Billy Hamilton will fill in on a part-time basis as executive vice president of finance. Billy is a former chief deputy comptroller and the deputy comptroller for the State of Texas. As deputy comptroller he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the comptroller’s office which included 2,800 employees in more than 40 field offices. Donna Simmons, director of human resources, will be responsible for the administrative functions of finance which include overseeing contracts and procurement and the EEO officer on an interim basis.
The department of engineering and construction has been moved to operations and will report directly to [Chief Operating Officer] Elaine Timbes. Ken Cartwright, strategic project management officer, will take over as program manager for MetroRapid, the BRT project. Other resources will be brought in as needed.
Please join me in supporting the various individuals who are taking on additional roles and responsibilities to help move the organization forward. I’m confident they are well prepared to make a valuable contribution to our efforts.
Linda S. Watson