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Metrolink chief's job in jeopardy

January 9, 2009 | 11:23 am

David Solow

The Metrolink Board of Directors has put an item on its agenda for today's meeting that allows members to discuss in closed session whether they want to terminate CEO David R. Solow. Whether they make such a decision remains to be seen.

Solow has been  under the microscope since the Sept. 12 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 people.

Solow took over Metrolink's top spot in 1998 from Chief Executive Richard Stanger after an audit criticized agency leaders for the way they handled contracts, billings, employee relations and planning.

Until now, no one on Metrolink's board has said Solow's $220,000-a-year job was in jeopardy.But several members have expressed to The Times disapproval of the railroad's reaction immediately after the Chatsworth crash. "I think he did an abysmal job the weekend of the incident," said Richard Katz, who was appointed to the Metrolink board shortly after the accident, in an interview with The Times last fall.

-- Steve Hymon

More: Jeff Gottlieb's profile of Solow.
Photo: David R. Solow. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times
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