- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

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 Mr. Wiedefeld is the former chief executive of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, fired him in July.

Mr. Wiedefeld will be tasked with leading a transit agency that federal investigators say has serious safety deficiencies. In January, a woman died and more than 80 others were sickened when an electrical malfunction caused a train to fill with smoke inside a downtown D.C. tunnel.

Mr. Wiedefeld’s hiring ends a nearly yearlong search for a general manager. Several candidates came close to taking the job.

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