WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro's long search for a new general manager is over.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro's long search for a new general manager is over.
The beleaguered transit agency announced Thursday that Paul Wiedefeld will take over as general manager and CEO. Wiedefeld was chosen unanimously by Metro's board of directors.
The 60-year-old Wiedefeld is the former chief executive of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. He was fired from that job in July by Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
Wiedefeld will be tasked with leading a transit agency that federal investigators say has serious safety deficiencies. This January, a woman died and a more than 80 others were sickened when an electrical malfunction caused a train to fill with smoke inside a downtown Washington tunnel.
Wiedefeld's hiring ends a nearly yearlong search for a general manager. Several candidates came close to taking the job.