For immediate release: May 16, 2022

Statement from Metro GM / CEO Paul Wiedefeld

Metro General Manager / Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld released the following statement: 

“I have decided to make my retirement effective today to provide a more timely transition to Interim General Manager Andy Off. 

“I have also accepted the resignation of Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader, effective immediately. 

“I believe conveying all authority of the General Manager’s office to Mr. Off better positions him to address the challenges that came to light this week, while preparing for the transition to the next CEO. 

“Stepping aside a few weeks ahead of schedule is in the best interest of the agency and its workforce, whom I have been deeply proud to lead over the last six years. 

“I thank Joe Leader for his tireless work and dedication, and I wish the men and women who move this city continued success. I am also very grateful to Metro’s customers, stakeholders, and Board for your support.”