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Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority director resigns

Kathy Mason, who has worked as the transit's operations manager, was named interim director

September 21, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The director of the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority (PanTran) has resigned after less than two years on the job, officials confirmed.

Belinda Rollins’ resignation was discussed Monday at PanTran’s board meeting, Berkeley County Council member Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci said Thursday.

Petrucci, who is the county council representative on the governing board for the public transit system, said he is under the impression that Rollins is leaving the area to take another job.

Kathy Mason, who has worked as the transit’s operations manager, was named interim director, according to Petrucci.

Rollins, who was hired in January 2011, said in an interview a few months ago that funding cuts had forced the agency to do more with less, but she was optimistic about the future of the agency.

“I think they’re headed in the right direction,” Petrucci said Thursday.

Rollins had been scheduled to give a quarterly report to the county council Thursday about the agency’s operations and budget concerns, but did not appear for the meeting.

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Petrucci was unsure of the exact date, but said Rollins made her resignation effective this week.

In June, Rollins said the transit service served 10 routes in Berkeley and Jefferson counties and averaged about 300,000 annual riders for the last few years.

— Matthew Umstead

Editor's note: This story was edited to correct Belinda Rollins' first name.

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