Birmingham City Council

Carpenter Added to Transit Authority Board, Four Members Reappointed

Becky Carpenter was appointed to the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority board on Dec. 14, 2021. (Source: Corporate Realty Associates)

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to reappoint four members of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority board whose terms had expired. The council also appointed one new member, Becky Carpenter, to replace outgoing board member Kevin Powe.

The city of Birmingham appoints five of the BJCTA board’s nine members; Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Homewood and the Jefferson County Commission round out the other four appointments.

Four of the city’s 2017 appointees — board Chairman Theodore Smith, Vice Chair LeDon Jones, Darryl Cunningham and Willie S. Davis — have all been reappointed to a second four-year term on the board; their terms will expire in September 2025.

But board member Kevin Powe, who was also appointed to the BJCTA board in 2017, will not be back for a second term. He’ll be replaced by Becky Carpenter, a project manager at Corporate Realty Associates. Through her job, Carpenter has worked on several major redevelopment projects in the city, including that of the former Carraway Hospital and Southtown Court housing project.

“Although the State enabling legislation (HB627) allows the directors to serve 2 consecutive terms, reappointment is by no means a given,” District 5 Councilor Darrell O’Quinn, who heads the council’s transportation committee, wrote in an email after Tuesday’s meeting. “I feel it is always important to critically evaluate the needs of an agency each time we have the opportunity to consider who we have representing the City of Birmingham in these positions. We thank Mr. Powe for his service. At this time of significant transition at BJCTA with new leadership and new service coming online with the Birmingham Express, the Council felt that Mrs. Carpenter’s skillset would be a valuable addition to the board.”

The council also voted to approve Mayor Randall Woodfin’s appointment of Abra Barnes to the Housing Authority of Birmingham District’s Board of Commissioners. Barnes, who serves as director of the Birmingham Association of Realtors, will finish the unexpired term previously held by Willie Jean Lewis; that term ends Aug. 13, 2022.