For immediate release: May 16, 2022

Statement from Board Chair Paul C. Smedberg on behalf of the WMATA Board

Metro Board Chair Paul C. Smedberg released the following statement on behalf of the Board of Directors: 

"The WMATA Board of Directors has accepted 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."