Frank White III was tapped as interim head of KCATA

Kansas City, Mo. – Frank White III, son of Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr., was selected Monday as interim CEO and president of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

The KCATA board appointed White at a special meeting Monday, agency said.

Young White is now vice president of RideKC Development Corp., KCATA’s real estate development subsidiary. The Kansas City Star reports he was first hired by former CEO Robbie Makinen in 2016, shortly after his father took over as county executive.

White now takes over after Makinen was forced to step down from the role last month.

The Star reports earlier this summer Makinen was told he would either be fired or forced to resign. Kansas City officials urged transportation authorities to remove him.

City officials complained about poor bus service and that Makinen was unwilling to provide $20 million in KCATA funding for the city’s street lighting project. Although the city eventually received the funding, KC leaders threatened to find another bus service if Makinen left, sources told the Star.

The KCATA board plans to conduct a national search for a permanent CEO. White will assume interim CEO duties immediately. The council has not released contract details at this time.

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