GATEWAY director Lambert resigns
By Ethan Smith
Published in News on August 13, 2014 1:46 PM
Lynn Lambert has resigned as director of the GATEWAY transportation system, effective Aug. 1.
In a one-sentence resignation letter, Ms. Lambert cited personal differences with the agency's board of directors, as well as actions of certain members of the board, as to why she felt she could no longer work for GATEWAY.
Ms. Lambert served as director for 13 months. Her resignation was immediate, said GATEWAY board chairman Gene Aycock.
"She should be commended for everything she did during her time as director," Aycock said. "We all know the tough job she had."
Ms. Lambert has resigned before, about three months ago, but was offered a pay raise to come back. Aycock said her resignation this time was not over money, but because she felt that she could no longer continue to be effective in the job.
"The year she had doing what she had to do drained her," Aycock said. "I think she was tired of fighting. She called me yesterday and said she still cares about GATEWAY and what happens with the program."
Aycock was complimentary of the job Ms. Lambert did.
"We saw the audit from the state DOT before Ms. Lambert came," Aycock said. "She should be commended for how far she brought GATEWAY. She cleared out a lot of the issues that GATEWAY had."
The board of directors held a meeting Tuesday morning in the anteroom of City Hall to discuss how they will move forward after Ms. Lambert's resignation. Potential candidates for the position were discussed during a closed session.
When the board went back into open session, Joe Daughtery, a member of the GATEWAY board, made a motion that the board extend an offer of employment to an unnamed candidate who was discussed during the closed session. The motion was approved unanimously.