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GRTA director Jannine Miller resigns

Jannine Miller

Jannine Miller

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Kirk Kjelstul

Georgia Regional Transportation Authority’s Jannine Miller announced she will resign at a board meeting Monday.

With Miller on her way to a senior management position at a major corporation headquartered in metro Atlanta, the GRTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Kirk Kjelstul, the agency’s deputy director, to step in as acting director, beginning Friday.

“For the last seven years, I have been honored to serve the state of Georgia, and I have especially appreciated the opportunity to lead GRTA for the past three and a half years. I am very proud of the work that our management and staff have accomplished together under the direction of the Board and Governor Nathan Deal,” Miller said in a press release. “While I am sad to leave GRTA, I am excited about this unique opportunity to apply my career experience and professional education in a private-sector transportation finance capacity.”

Miller has served as GRTA’s director since July 2010, working to improve the Xpress commuter bus program, which operates 33 routes in metro Atlanta, serving 2 million commuters each year.

“It has been a pleasure having Jannine at the helm of this organization. The board will be forever grateful for her dedication and leadership, and we wish her success as she takes this next step in her promising career,” said GRTA Board Chairman Sonny Deriso. “I am confident that Kirk and the staff will build upon her momentum and continue to provide strategic direction and valuable transportation services to the citizens of Georgia.”

Kjelstul joined GRTA in 2000, serving in several positions, most recently as deputy director. He previously served as interim executive director before Miller was hired in 2010.