CARTA had nothing to say Thursday about the future of Christine Wilkinson, but it scheduled a board meeting Friday to discuss a personnel matter in a private, executive session.
Wilkinson, 44, was arrested on an alcohol-related disorderly conduct charge outside an upscale hotel at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday. At the time of the incident, she was CARTA executive director. The disturbance happened outside the Market Pavilion Hotel on East Bay Street.
According to police, Wilkinson's eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. The officer asked Wilkinson to get out of her parked car due to her "grossly intoxicated state" and the "possibility of her endangering herself or others." When Wilkinson exited her car, she staggered on the roadway, police said.
On Wednesday, Jeff Burns took over as interim director, said CARTA Board Chairman Elliott Summey, who also said that Wilkinson remained a paid employee as of this time.
Burns is a transportation planner who came to CARTA from the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments.
During Wilkinson's three-year tenure as director, CARTA posted gains as it pushed past annual ridership of 4 million. New North Area Shuttle routes were implemented in partnership with Tanger Outlets, Boeing and the City of North Charleston. An aggressive advertising campaign wrapped buses in displays touting fast food, sports and tourist attractions.
She became CARTA interim executive director in July of 2011, and was named director in December of that year. She served as president and vice-president of the Transportation Association of South Carolina.
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