MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe has promised a national search to replace Parker, who will leave MARTA this month.
Thursday was Parker’s last MARTA board meeting, and Ashe choked up as he praised the CEO’s accomplishments.
“Five years ago, Keith Parker answered the call,” Ashe said. “Five years later, without question and without really even any shadow of a doubt, he leaves the authority and many of us better than he found us.”
“He has done the job with class, with taste, with honor and taught us all several lessons in the process,” Ashe said.
In his own remarks, Parker said the agency is in good hands with interim CEO Elizabeth O’Neill and the rest of the agency’s executive team.
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