One of the prerogatives of the Chairman of the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (TDCHR) is the sole authority over the appointment of committee members, including Chairmen.
It's the Planning and New Starts Development Committee that oversees new transit system studies, most notably light rail. The committee is a merger of the former Planning and Development Committee and the New Starts Committee. The impossibly clunky name is to indicate that it exercises the functions of both. However, at Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) the committee is commonly referred to as "New Starts".
With Randy Wright the previous Chairman, Paul Riddick needed to appoint a new Chairman and Vice Chairman. The new Chairman is John Uhrin of Virginia Beach; the new Vice Chairman is Cliff Hayes of Chesapeake. Hey, Chairman Riddick isn't usually very subtle.