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Retired officer picked to lead Reading Parking Authority

Garage safety priority for new executive director

READING, Pa. - After a shakeup that included a pair of resignations, the Reading Parking Authority has a new leader.

The RPA's board of directors voted during a special meeting Monday night to appoint Tom MacDougal as executive director, effective immediately.

MacDougal had been serving as deputy director since the sudden resignation of Reimundo Encarnacion as the executive director on August 30.

Parking enforcement officer Felix Freytiz also quit his job that day, citing "countless reasons" for his decision.

Their resignations came amid an audit of the organization, the results of which have yet to be made public by Mayor Wally Scott, who appoints all RPA board members.

MacDougal worked 17 years as a Reading police officer before retiring from the force about six years ago.

As a former officer, one priority MacDougal said he has in his new role is to ensure the safety of people parking in any of the nine downtown garages.

He said a process is underway to improve lighting in each garage, as well as to make sure the elevators are in working order and that a fresh coat of paint is applied where needed.

MacDougal said has also reopened the RPA's drive-thru payment window on the lower level of the South Penn Garage.

MacDougal is the second city police veteran to lead a downtown-based authority. Former Reading police Chief Charles Broad serves as executive director of the Downtown Improvement District.


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