PDRTA board votes in new leadership for bus line
FLORENCE, S.C. -- The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors met Thursday evening and voted to appoint Deputy Executive Director Don Strickland as the Interim Executive Director to assume responsibilities on March 1 following the scheduled retirement of Chuck MacNeil, who has served as PDRTA Executive Director since October 2011.
“Among his many accomplishments, most notably saving our agency from the brink of collapse in 2013, Chuck also identified the necessary qualities of a future leader in Don Strickland and became a mentor to him over these past few years. I have witnessed Don’s professional growth and development under Chuck’s guidance and the two have worked tirelessly and in sync to advance PDRTA to a stronger agency with a brighter future,” said PDRTA Chairman Tyron Jones through a release issued Friday.
“It made too much sense to try this approach when Don has been a significant contributor here all along. The Board has become very familiar with his capabilities, expertise with federal and state transportation offices, and knowledge that comes with his ten-plus years of working at PDRTA. We do not want to see Chuck go but, given the circumstances the Board is most comfortable to continue on with Don in charge,” said Florence City Councilman George Jebaily who serves on the PDRTA Board and chaired the Search Committee.
The PDRTA Board also intends to retain MacNeil’s services to assist Strickland with the transition where needed in the months ahead.