J. Barry Barker

Four city officials are leaving, the mayor’s office announced late Wednesday.

J. Barry Barker is retiring after almost 25 years as executive director of TARC, and Kim Allen, executive director of the Metro Criminal Justice Commission, is retiring after about 34 years in public service. The other two — Daro Mott, chief of performance improvement, and Seve Ghose, director of Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation — are moving on to new opportunities.

Barker’s final day is Nov. 30, according to a news release. TARC Assistant Executive Director Ferdinand L. Risco Jr., who previously works in transit in Atlanta, will serve as interim.

“I am so grateful to Barry Barker for all he has accomplished at TARC and in leadership roles with nonprofit and professional organizations at the local, state and federal levels,” Mayor Greg Fischer said in the release.

Barker said he plans to continue with his volunteer work, travel and spend more time with family and friends, according to the release.

Barker’s departure comes amid the implementation of a number of already announced initiatives, including the addition of Bus Rapid Transit along Dixie Highway, set to begin in late 2019, and the introduction of a “tap and go” electronic fare payment system launching early next year.

Each year, TARC says it provides 12 million passenger trips, with 63 percent of riders traveling to and from work, and another 20 percent on school trips.

Allen will retire at the end of December. She was a criminal justice planner at both the local and state levels for the majority of her career and became director of the Metro Criminal Justice Commission in 2011.

“To have been a part of the Commission’s 50-year legacy and played a role in establishing Louisville’s reputation as an innovative city in justice reform, has been extremely rewarding,” Allen said in a release.

Faith Augustine, public protection coordinator for the Commission, will serve as the interim director.

Mott, meanwhile, is leaving for a job as vice president of process and execution for Farm Credit Mid-America, the release said. Carmen Moreno-Rivera, a senior process consultant and aerospace engineer, will serve as interim.

“Daro is a dynamic leader who has been a key player in this administration, carrying on the transformative performance improvement that has become a hallmark of Louisville Metro Government,” Fischer said in the release.

The final departure, Ghose, is leaving his position at the end of the year to be closer to his family, with Assistant Parks Director Dana Kasler taking over as interim.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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