After years of safety and technical difficulties, with the most recent story of 72 train operators removed from service because of their certification lapse last year, Metro Board Chair Paul Smedberg, on behalf of the Board of Directors, released a statement on management changes at the agency.
“The WMATA Board of Directors has accepted [General Manager and CEO] Paul Wiedefeld’s decision to make his retirement effective today. In addition, Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader has resigned, effective immediately.
“The Board appreciates Paul’s and Joe’s commitment to WMATA over the last six years. We feel the timing is right for Interim General Manager and CEO Andy Off to lead the organization through this critical transition period, with a continued emphasis on safety. Safety is and will continue to be our top priority. We will look to Andy’s leadership to ensure we continue on this path.”
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