Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority (CGCTA) Hires New Executive Director

Ginny Smith has been named executive director of Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority, effective Friday, Dec. 1, succeeding the retired Tom Mogelnicki.

CGCTA’s five-member board of directors selected Smith, who served since June 2015 as director of operations/safety management for Fredericktown, Missouri-based Southeast Missouri Transit Service (SMTS).  Smith currently holds the position of Chief Operations Officer for SMTS, which provides fixed-route and on demand transit services to 21 counties in Southeast Missouri.  A graduate of Mineral Area College, Smith is a member of the community involvement committee of Cape Girardeau-based United Way of Southeast Missouri.

“I’m elated at the opportunity to serve as the newly appointed executive director of Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority. I look forward to working alongside current CGCTA employees, leaders from the community and our riders to improve the public transit system,” said Smith.

“While change doesn’t always happen quickly, I’m committed to improving the current service for every citizen of Cape Girardeau County.”

“After a nationwide search, the CGCTA board is pleased to welcome Ms. Ginny Smith as executive director. She brings extensive leadership in the transit industry in southeast Missouri and is active in community service. CGCTA’s board looks forward to working with Ms. Smith and community leaders to set a strategic course to meet the transit needs of the entire county,” said Kathy Mangels, CGCTA board president.

Cape Girardeau County Commission voted on June 15, 2000, to authorize CGCTA’s formation in order to increase county residents’ access to healthcare, social services and general life needs.