Rock Region Metro on Tuesday announced that interim leader Justin Avery has been hired as the public transportation system's new CEO.
Avery is a 10-year veteran of the agency, most recently serving as CFO. He succeeds Charles Frazier, who stepped down in December after more than three years on the job to become chief operating officer at the Jacksonville, Florida Transportation Authority.
Avery was chosen to lead Rock Region Metro after a national search conducted by Baker Tilly US LLP in coordination with the agency's board of directors.
Board member Erin Parker said Avery has the "innovation, leadership, transit knowledge and financial acumen" needed for the job. Board chair Nicole Hart shared a similar sentiment.
"Justin is a proven leader who shares Rock Region Metro’s commitment to excellence for all passengers," she said in a news release. "The Board is confident Justin will realize the full potential of an equitable, reliable and cost-efficient transit system for all communities in Central Arkansas that depend on Metro."
Rock Region Metro employs about 200 people, including administrators, supervisors, operators, maintenance staff and customer service representatives.
Avery was a staff auditor at the accounting firm Craft Veach & Co. of Maumelle before he joined the transit agency.
He holds a master's in accounting from Hendrix College. Avery is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association, Arkansas Government Finance Officers Association and Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.