The general manager of the Chittenden County Transit Authority announced that he is stepping down three months after the settlement of a contentious drivers’ strike.
Bill Watterson informed employees and the CCTA board Monday that he would leave his post on Sept. 30 to pursue other work. He has been at CCTA for more than two years.
Watterson and the board were criticized by Teamsters Local 597 drivers and their supporters during an 18-day strike in March. The strike, which concerned disagreements over working hours, ended April 3.
Incoming CCTA board chairwoman Catherine Dimitruk said the transit agency would seek an interim director.
“Ultimately, the board will establish an inclusive general manager hiring process that will include employee input as an integral part. Though we have more details to iron out, we understand how important it is to
CCTA and to our communities that we get this process right,” Dimitruk said in a statement.
She credited Watterson with expanding bus service in Colchester and Jeffersonville.