Metro RTA

photo of Dawn Distler
KNOXVILLE AREA TRANSIT

Akron Metro RTA has hired one of its former bus drivers to serve as the agency’s new executive director.

Dawn Distler takes over September 24. She is currently the transit director at Knoxville Area Transit in Tennessee.

Metro RTA’s Director of Communications and Marketing Molly Becker says Distler’s extensive career in transit is important to the agency.

photo of Akron Beacon Journal
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 5:

  • Akron voters to decide moving primary election;
  • Tennessee-based company to operate closed Massillon health center;
  • Two icelandic air careers cancel flights from Cleveland;
  • Two-tiered housing exists in Cleveland after financial crisis;
  • Toldeo police get new body cameras;
  • Metro RTA announces new executive director;
  • Cooling stations open amid heat wave;

Akron voters to decide moving primary election

Filing out after Board of Trustees meeting
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The Akron Metro RTA trustees  fired Executive Director Richard Enty Friday afternoon. He’s been on paid administrative leave since November while investigations into his conduct on the job have been underway.

During a special meeting, the trustees voted 8-1, with one abstention, to terminate Richard Enty’s contract.  They were unanimous in declining comment on reasons for the firing.

Davis Besse
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Correction:  This article originally included a story referencing the executive director of the Greater Cleveland RTA.  The person in the story is actually executive director of Akron Metro RTA.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 26:

METRO RTA HQ, board meeting room
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The fate of METRO RTA Executive Director Richard Enty remains unknown.

Enty has been on paid administrative leave -- his third suspension in his five years heading the public transit agency -- since November.

The agency’s board held a special meeting today to discuss “a personnel matter.” Immediately after assembling, the Board went into executive session. It adjourned without comment about an hour later.  Legal counsel Karen Adinolfi would only say that no decisions were made. 

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