Who was Jeffery Parker, CEO of MARTA?
- Jeffery Parker died on Friday night
- Flags at MARTA headquarters were lowered to half-mast on Saturday
- He was made the CEO in 2018 and his contract was extended through June 2026
Jeffery Parker, the CEO of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), died by suicide Friday night, officials said.
"With very heavy hearts, we share the official news of GM/CEO Jeffrey Parker’s tragic passing on Friday evening, January 14, 2022. Please keep his family in your prayers and meditations. In the coming days, we will share more information on the transition plan, including grief counseling for employees as we process this devastating news," the transit authority's spokesperson said.
Flags at MARTA headquarters were lowered to half-mast on Saturday.
It was the Board of Directors Chairwoman Rita Scott, who cofirmed that Parker died by suicide.
"The MARTA Board of Directors grieves the shocking death of our GM/CEO Jeff Parker who has died by suicide. He was an outstanding leader and steward of MARTA whose passing leaves us all heartbroken, she said.
Parker pursued architecture and engineering prior to joining MARTA. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University.
He was made the CEO in 2018 and his contract was extended through June 2026.
Parker also served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation under then-Governor Jodi Rell and Deputy Commissioner. He expanded the state’s monumental efforts to overhaul and expand its transportation network, including roadway, transit, and aviation projects, MARTA's website notes.
Parker was previously employed at MARTA from 2005 to 2008 as the Senior Director of Transportation Operations.