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MTA's new CEO gets a public debut Thursday

March 4, 2009 | 11:25 am

The press office at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority must be awfully confident that the board of directors is going to approve Art Leahy as the new CEO on Thursday: It just announced a news conference will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. to introduce the new CEO.

The board is meeting before the news conference to vote on a contract for Leahy, who is currently the CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority. As we've reported for the last week, Leahy is the finalist set to replace the retiring Roger Snoble.

Text of the news release is after the jump. And, by the way, MTA flacks, there's few places more difficult to interview someone than a moving bus.

-- Steve Hymon

The text of the MTA press release:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other Metro Board members will hold a news conference to introduce the new Metro CEO, who will be the point person for tackling Los Angeles County’s traffic by overseeing dozens of new highway and public transit projects financed by the federal stimulus package, and the new Measure R half-cent sales tax for transit. At the same time, the new executive, who will replace retiring Metro CEO Roger Snoble, must balance Metro’s budget in the face of stiff state budget cuts for transit. The introduction will be made immediately following a special Metro Board meeting where a new CEO’s contract will be finalized. (The meeting will be held in closed session.)

Thursday, March 5, 2009
10 a.m.

Metro Headquarters Building
One Gateway Plaza (Patsaouras Bus Plaza in front of building)
Los Angeles     corner of Cesar Chavez and Vignes downtown

L.A. Mayor & Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa
Other Metro Board Members
Retiring Metro CEO Roger Snoble
The newly hired Metro CEO

Following the press conference, the new CEO will be available for one-on-one media interviews on a bus or Metro Rail.