Metro restarts search for a gen­eral man­ager

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Lori Aratani

Transit of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day that they are re­sum­ing their search for a gen­eral man­ager for Metro.

“The Board is com­mit­ted to reen­er­giz­ing the search for a new chief ex­ec­u­tive who will pro­vide Metro with ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship em­pha­siz­ing safety as the top pri­or­ity, ex­cep­tional fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and the first-class ser­vice de­liv­ery for our cus­tomers that the re­gion de­serves,” Metro Board Chair­man Mor­timer L. Downey said in a state­ment.

Metro of­fi­cials said they hope to have a leader in place by fall.

Metro spokes­woman Sherri Ly said a job de­scrip­tion re­leased last year will be rewrit­ten. McLean-based Lochlin Part­ners, the firm that con­ducted the ear­lier search, will man­age the new ef­fort. The cost of the search is to be cov­ered by Lochlin’s orig­i­nal $92,000 con­tract.

The board halted its search for a gen­eral man­ager in March amid ten­sions among mem­bers over what kind of ex­ec­u­tive was needed to lead the trou­bled transit agency. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and Mary­land of­fi­cials wanted a turn­around spe­cial­ist, but oth­ers wanted an ex­ec­u­tive with a more tra­di­tional transit back­ground.

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