Commissioners question CAT’s compensation decision |


Commissioners question CAT’s compensation decision |

Joining a growing community outcry, Chatham County commissioners on Friday voiced their displeasure with Chatham Area Transit’s approval of a weighty compensation package for its new executive director.

Commissioner Tony Center specifically took issue with what he described as the CAT board’s failure to advise commissioners of its intention to award Chad Reese with a compensation package some have labeled excessive.

Center — who requested that CAT board Chairman Pete Liakakis appear at Friday’s commission meeting — said he was caught off-guard by the decision, particularly after the commission had met just days earlier with Liakakis to extend CAT’s line of credit and discuss raising the authority’s millage rate.

“I am in no way questioning what you pay Mr. Reese,” said Center, who added that he learned about the decision in the Savannah Morning News.

“The question is how we were told about it.…I would have preferred to have been told in advance. It’s an important and sensitive item.”

Fellow commissioners Al Scott, Lori Brady, Dean Kicklighter and Helen Stone agreed.

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