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JTA and Executive Director Michael Blaylock Parting Ways

4:40 PM, Mar 23, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Blaylock's last day as the Jacksonville Transportation Authority's Executive Director will be September 30.

The JTA board approved a contract amendment Friday morning. 

The announcement comes following an investigation by our Florida Times-Union news partner that found 258 JTA bus drivers had a total of 1,276 criminal and driving violations going back to the 1970s.  The Times-Union reported some had as many as 20 offenses. 

Blaylock wrote in a news release, "After much prayer, consultation with my wife, children, and pastors, I am now ready to enter the next chapter of life."

First Coast News confirmed in February that three JTA managers were no longer employed by JTA following the T-U's investigation.  At the time, Blaylock said the three were being held responsible for not doing a better of job screening bus drivers.

According to Board Chairman Ed Burr, "Michael has served the Authority with dedication and distinction, and in my many years of knowing him, Mr. Blaylock has always put the needs of the Authority and the public it serves first. His approach to this transition process is another example of this."

Blaylock has worked for JTA for 30 years.  He was promoted to executive director ten years ago.

Friday Burr noted Blaylock's accomplishments, including the completion of 31 Better Jacksonville Plan projects valued at over half a bill dollars, largely on budget and on time.

The transition agreement reduces Blaylock's severance under the existing contract by half, and ends his existing contract 20 months early, according to a JTA news release.  Blaylock annual salary was $273,000.

"Tricia and I are looking forward to our third grandchild and my being home by dinner time.  Twelve to fourteen hour days over a span of many years will take its toll on  your health, as I experienced in 2009; that was serious wake-up call and I truly understand how precious life is," Blaylock said. 





























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