Friday is Amanda Landis’s last day with Kosciusko Area Bus Service. After two years as its general manager, she’s taken another job offer with an orthopedic company. Photo by David Slone
Friday is Amanda Landis’s last day with Kosciusko Area Bus Service. After two years as its general manager, she’s taken another job offer with an orthopedic company. Photo by David Slone
Tuesday was the last time Amanda Landis appeared before the Kosciusko County commissioners as the general manager of Kosciusko Area Bus Service.

She’s taken a different job opportunity from an orthopedic company, and Friday will be her last day at KABS.

At her appearance Tuesday, Landis said KABS got back its preliminary results from its Indiana Department of Transportation review that it went through just last week.

“There were zero findings. There were just some suggestions they had for us on maybe a couple of changes we could do, but other than that they were very happy with what they saw. So that was exciting,” she said.

Commissioner Cary Groninger said that was awesome and “great job.”

Landis then requested the commissioners approve the 2020 operating and capital grants so she could send them back to INDOT “so they know we’re all in agreement for the funding for next year.”

She also presented the order form for a new low-floor mini-van and a medium Transit bus for next year. Those will be ordered this week.

Groninger asked, “Is that a bidding process or how do you go about that as far ordering?”

“INDOT tells us we can go through Midwest Transit. So they put it out to bid every four years, so we just go through the manufacturer,” Landis said.

Her requests were unanimously approved.

Groninger then asked if Tuesday was her last day to be before the commissioners, and she said it was.

“We sure appreciate your service to our community and best wishes to your future endeavors,” Groninger said.

Landis said it’s been a joy to serve in the role as general manager the past two years.

KABS is a part of Cardinal Services Inc. After the meeting, Landis said they were still working on finding her replacement.

“They’ve had some really good applicants. They have not finalized a decision yet, so it’s still in the works,” she said.

Landis said her two years with KABS has been “awesome to serve the community in that role and getting to know the different workings on all that goes into making the transportation happen for the public. Before I worked there, I had no idea of all that KABS did and all that goes into it. So just having worked there, I definitely have a new appreciation for all that goes into it, from the different government agencies. And they all work together to make this service possible for the community.”

She said it’s been “great to see” how KABS helps people.

In 2018, KABS provided around 59,000 rides a year. This year, she said KABS is on track to provide over 60,000 rides.

“So it’s just been awesome to see all the different impacts, whether it’s people going to work or medical appointments. That’s been the best part to me,” Landis said.