Metro GM Wiedefeld retires a month early; Chief operating officer resigns

Metro chief executive and CEO Paul Wiedefeld retired more than a month ahead of schedule, and DC-area transit agency chief operating officer Joe Leader said resigned with immediate effect.

Metro chief executive and CEO Paul Wiedefeld retired more than a month ahead of schedule, and DC-area transit agency chief operating officer Joe Leader said resigned with immediate effect.

Wiedefeld, who had been in the role for six years, said in a statement that he had decided to retire, originally scheduled for June 30, to ensure a “quicker transition” for interim chief executive Andy Off before the new transit agency. hire Randy Clarke takes over in July.



“Standing down a few weeks ahead of schedule is in the best interests of the agency and its staff, which I have been deeply proud to lead for the past six years,” Wiedefeld said.

Metro’s board accepted Wiedefeld’s decision.

Leader, who was in charge of rail, bus and paratransit services, resigned on Monday. He had held the position since 2016. The Metro Board and Wiedefield accepted his resignation.

Metro Board Chairman Paul C. Smedberg said in a statement that the timing gives Off the opportunity to lead the agency “with a continued focus on safety.”

On Sunday, Metro said nearly half of its 500 operators had expired recertification, leading to the withdrawal of 72 operators. The decrease in operators caused delays on the Green and Yellow lines on Monday.

Last week, the agency announced Clarke as its new chief executive. Metro has not said whether its start date will be pushed back following the departures of Leader and Wiedefeld.

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