The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has elected new officers for 2018.
- Daniel Serda, representing Wyandotte County, Ks., was re-elected Chairman at the January board meeting.
- David Bower, representing Jackson County, Mo., has been elected to serve as Vice Chairman.
- Michael Short, representing Platte County, Mo., has been elected to serve as treasurer.
- Melissa Bynum, representing Wyandotte County, Ks., will serve as Secretary.
Johnson County Commissioner Jim Allen has been named to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Allen to represent the county on the transit agency board.
Allen has served on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners since 2009. He served as mayor of Shawnee from 1993-2004 and represented Ward 1 on the Shawnee City Council from 1989-1993 and Ward 4 from 1983-1987. Additionally, Allen retired after serving as a State Farm Insurance agent for 37 years. He has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. He also was a Grand Knight in the Shawnee Council Knights of Columbus.
He received degrees from Johnson County Community College (AA), Emporia State University (Bachelor of Arts), and Rockhurst College (MBA).
KCATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from Missouri and five from Kansas. Commissioners are limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Responsibility for the management, control and operation of the Authority and its properties is vested in the Board. The Board exercises its responsibility by adopting all general policies of the Authority, including the adoption of annual capital and operating budgets, the establishment of the goals of the Authority, and the selection of a CEO. The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the CEO for the management and operation of the Authority.