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O.C. transportation exec said to be leading candidate for L.A.'s top job [UPDATED]

February 26, 2009 | 11:22 am

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is meeting this morning and will soon go into closed session to discuss hiring a new chief executive officer to replace the retiring Roger Snoble.

The leading candidate appears to be Art Leahy, who is currently chief executive of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik declined to comment today on the potential loss of Leahy to Los Angeles County. He referred questions to MTA spokesman Marc Littman, who said, "There's nothing I can say."

If Leahy is indeed the leading candidate, a contact still needs to be worked out.

-- Steve Hymon

Corrected, 3:15 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled the OCTA spokesman's name as Zlotnick.