Report: Duncan expresses interest in top Metro job
Former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's name has publicly surfaced as a candidate for the top Metro job after days of chatter around the State House and elsewhere in Maryland government.
The Associated Press reported over the weekend that Duncan (D), who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2006, was calling around to let Maryland officials know of his interest. The AP cited two unnamed officials who said they had spoken to Duncan directly.
In a brief interview last week, Duncan declined to comment to our colleague Ann Scott Tyson, who is covering the nationwide search to replace John B. Catoe Jr. as general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, an agency beleaguered by funding shortfalls and safety lapses.
The agency is overseen by a board that is made up of four members each from Maryland, Virginia and the District. Four federal members are also being added, two of whom have already been appointed.
Among those saying Duncan is worthy of consideration is O'Malley.
"Doug Duncan is a talented and well-respected public administrator, and the governor thinks he would make a strong candidate for the board to consider," O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec told us.
Following his 12-year tenure in Montgomery County, Duncan worked for 17 months as chief administrative and finance officer at the University of Maryland at College Park. He then joined CivicUS, a government advisory firm, as a co-founder and senior vice president for research and business development.
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