William J. “Bill” Deville has more than thirty years of transit experience and has worked in a variety of capacities in the industry.
Deville spent more than two decades with the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, culminating in the role of Chief Executive Officer. His work with MV Transportation led him to Capital Area Transit System, where he worked for two years as both Project Manager for MV and COO for CATS.
Upon completion of the MV contract with CATS, Deville was hired as a full-time employee as the Chief Revenue Officer for CATS. In April 2016, he was appointed the Interim CEO for CATS while a national search for a permanent replacement was conducted.
On September 20, 2016, Deville was unanimously appointed by the CATS Board of Commissioners as the Chief Executive Officer for CATS.
Chief Operating Officer
Rod Goldman joined CATS in April 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Goldman has nearly 30 years of experience in transit. He started his career at Los Angeles Metro, where he worked in labor relations, bus operations, service planning and scheduling. He also served as the agency's Deputy Executive Officer for Service Development. During the last 10 years, Goldman operated a consulting firm that provided transit service operations planning for various agencies in the United States and the Middle East.
Conner Burns was named Chief Financial Officer of Capital Area Transit System in October 2013. As CFO, he manages and leads lender relationships, including banking and bond firms and oversees the agency's procurement, including the purchase of equipment, maintenance, software and risk associated insurances.
Burns has spent his entire professional career in the transportation and corporate renewal industry, working in a variety of segments, including public transit, LTL and truckload carriers. Conner earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Transportation from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science in Finance degree from Louisiana State University.
Darrell Brown is a practicing attorney licensed in Louisiana and Texas, as well as a licensed Louisiana real estate broker. Brown has been involved in a wide variety of contracts, procurement and other issues on local, state and federal levels for over twenty five years.
Over a twenty year period, he served in a number of capacities including General Counsel and Director of Procurement for the Regional Transit Authority in New Orleans. During his tenure with RTA, Brown oversaw contracts covering everything from federally funded physical construction projects and related professional services to locally funded office supplies. He handled labor disputes and negotiations, both formal and informal solicitations, bids and negotiated procurement actions, protests, contract disputes, claims, liens, public document filings, etc. in connection with RTA’s renovation of the Saint Charles Avenue Streetcar line, the historic Saint Charles Streetcars and the Carrolton Streetcar Barn.
Claims, safety and risk management were among his many responsibilities as a senior manager for the RTA. A significant part of those responsibilities was being certain that RTA’s buildings, equipment and operations were properly insured and safe for employees and the public.