J-W Staff Reports
The city has hired its new public transit administrator to help get Lawrence's buses running.
Karin Rexroad, the executive director of the Reno County Public Transportation Department, has been hired for the newly created position.
"I think it'll be a lot of fun, but a challenge," Rexroad said.
Rexroad said she hopes to bring a fresh perspective. She will manage the city's Public Transit Office and report to City Manager Mike Wildgen. Her position includes managing budgets, working with contractors and grant writing.
Rexroad, who starts Feb. 7, will earn $46,500 a year.
Wildgen was not available for comment Tuesday.
Rexroad has worked in various capacities for Reno County since 1984. Most of her time was spent as executive director of the county's Department of Aging, but she began splitting her duties this September when the county established a Transportation Department.
While with the Department of Aging, Rexroad dealt with transportation issues. During that time, the county transportation system expanded from a seniors-only service to a system for the general public.
"We're kind of right in the middle of it right now," she said.
The system now runs mainly in Hutchinson and South Hutchinson, with service for the elderly in nearby small communities one day a week.
Rexroad also wrote and managed several federal and state grants during her tenure at the Department of Aging.
A graduate of Wichita State University, Rexroad has been a member of Reno County United Way board of directors, South Central Kansas Area Agency of Aging Housing Commission, Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Kansas Public Transit Assn.
About 30 applications were received by the city of Lawrence for the position.
The start-up date for the city of Lawrence's new fixed-route bus system is estimated to be sometime in May.