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Metro Board Votes to Extend Catoe's Contract

Metro's board of directors voted Thursday afternoon to extend General Manager John B. Catoe Jr.'s contract for three years.

After going into a closed executive session to discuss Catoe's future for more than an hour, the members of the board voted 5 to 1 in favor of the extension.

Catoe will continue to receive his current salary of $315,000 per year. In addition, he will now receive a annual $6,000 executive medical and wellness allowance. When he retires, he will receive $27,000 a year from an annuity for the rest of his life.

The 62-year-old career transportation official is facing a litany of challenges, the greatest of his career. Catoe has been the face of the beleaguered transit agency during its recent trials, from safety concerns raised in the wake of the June 22 Red Line crash to a massive budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year to four worker fatalities in recent months.

Metro board chairman Jim Graham, a D.C. council member, said a majority of the board believed Catoe was "the finest leader."

"This is a time, in my opinion, to reassure our stakeholders and riders with continued, stable leadership," Graham said. "We need his steady hand at the wheel."

Catoe thanked the board.

"We will continue to focus on the mission to be the best ride in the nation," he said.

He received a standing ovation from the board and the crowd.

By James Hohmann  |  September 24, 2009; 10:56 AM ET
 | Tags: john catoe, metro  
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What?????? $27,000 a year for LIFE???? For what??? After how many years of sterling service???

Posted by: TooManyPeople | September 24, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

why not do this, since this past year has been the worst Metro service I've ever experienced! Let's give him a big bonus too!

Posted by: Max231 | September 24, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The Metro Board are great puppetmasters and Catoe Jr. is doing their bidding quite exceptionally.

Posted by: thisismydcsportsopinion | September 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

You're kidding me, right?

"The face of the agency"? Where has anyone seen him? Has he ever appeared inside a Metro station at rush hour? Has he ever done a chat on WashPost?

On what standards is Catoe evaluated?

Must be a low bar.

Posted by: econgrrl | September 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Who was the one person smart enough to vote against this insanity of a contract?

Posted by: pikamander007 | September 24, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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