Tommy Wells named to Metro board
The D.C. Council passed a resolution on Monday naming Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to the Metro board of directors, according to council spokeswoman Traci Hughes.
Wells is expected to replace longtime Metro board member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).
The move comes as the Metro board undergoes major turnover. Some of the changes are fallout from recent elections. Others are a reaction to criticism leveled against the board in two recent reports that attacked Metro's governing structure as outmoded, lacking accountability and overly involved in day-to-day decisions. Several board members have acknowledged frustration at serving in the time-consuming position for little or no pay or public appreciation.
Chris Zimmerman of Arlington stepped down last month after more than 10 years on the board. Mary Hughes Hynes, a member of the Arlington County Board and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), will take his place.
Maryland member Gordon Linton has also announced his departure and another Maryland board member, Elizabeth Hewlett, has said she intends to leave.
Metro is also searching for a new permanent general manager. A search committee has been interviewing candidates and is expected to present a final slate to the board for consideration soon.
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