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HRT announces four new board members

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Jul 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-27 20:04:57-04

Norfolk, Va. – Hampton Roads Transit has announced four new members who will serve on the agency’s governing board. They are:

– Douglas W. Fuller, of Chesapeake, principle and chief financial officer of Precon Marine, Inc.

– Robert R. Harper Jr., of Hampton, owner and chief photographer of Bob Harper Photography

– Charles B. Hunter, of Portsmouth, business banker at Townebank

– James P. Toscano, of Norfolk, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Tidewater Community College.

The four new members reflect changes made by the Virginia General Assembly when it amended the law that determines the composition of the agency’s board. The new board – now with 13 members instead of 17 – includes citizen representatives appointed by the Governor.

As before, each of the six cities served by Hampton Roads Transit appoints one member of its governing body to serve on the board. Under the new law, the Governor of Virginia now appoints one citizen commissioner from each city served by the agency.  Finally, the chairperson of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or that person’s designee, will be a member.

All board members have voting privileges.

Each participating government also appoints alternates to serve when either the city council official or the citizen appointee is unable to attend a meeting. During Hampton Road Transit’s board meeting Thursday, the board adopted changes to the bylaws that govern the composition of the board.

With Friday’s announcement, the governor’s office is expected to make two more board appointments. Once citizen appointees are made for the cities of Virginia Beach and Newport News, the full board will be in place.