SAN ANTONIO -

The VIA Nomination Committee had come out of executive session by 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday to announce former City Manager Alex Briseno was its choice to replace current VIA board Chairman Henry Munoz.

"Obviously, with the experience he's had as city manager, and the various other roles he's played in the city, he'll make a terrific board chair. VIA couldn't be happier," said nomination committee Chairman Rick Pych.

The slate also included Doug Poneck as its recommendation for vice chair and Lou Miller for secretary.

"I'm elated with the fact that the nominating committee had confidence in moving forward my name as a recommendation as secretary," Miller said.

As a longtime board member, Miller said he thinks Briseno has the experience to keep VIA's biggest project -- the streetcar routes planned for the downtown area -- on track, but it was San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro who called on Briseno to put his name in the hat.

When asked about his vision for VIA, Briseno explained VIA already has a vision. He said if elected, his job will be execution.

"Moving forward, they've got the first phase or route already selected. One of the things the mayor has asked me to do is finalizing the finance package for the future for the rest of it and also start with the execution and implementation of that plan," Briseno said.

His wife, Mary Briseno, has been serving on the VIA board for the last eight years.

Not only is she recusing herself from the vote later this month, she is also stepping down from the board as her term has expired.

The nomination committee recommended Briseno for a full two-year term, not just to fill the unexpired term of Munoz, which is what was posted on the agenda.

The next VIA board meeting is Feb. 25, in which board members are expected to vote on these recommendations and current VIA Chairman Henry Munoz is expected to step down.

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