Metro News Release

For immediate release: January 14, 2010

Metro General Manager John Catoe to retire

Catoe stepping down after three years at the helm

See press release in Spanish

Metro General Manager John Catoe has decided to retire and leave the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority after three years as its top manager. Catoe informed Metro’s Board of Directors today of his decision to leave the transit agency. His last day will be Friday, April 2.

“I have decided that it is time for me to channel my future in new directions and provide this organization an opportunity to move beyond the current distractions,” Catoe said. “Good leaders know how to impact change. Great leaders know when it’s time for leadership change. I hope I fall into the latter category.”

“The Board of Directors has just been informed of General Manager Catoe’s decision to retire,” said Board Chairman Jim Graham. “We appreciate his stewardship during this difficult time and we will miss his leadership. While we regret his decision, he continues to have the full confidence of the Board of Directors.

“We will shortly begin the deliberative process on transition and succession,” Graham said.


See John Catoe’s letters of retirement presented to the Metro Board and to employees.

History of Metro's General Managers

John B. Catoe, Jr.

January 2007 to April 2010

Jack Requa (Acting)

November 2006 to January 2007

Dan Tangherlini (Interim)

February 2006 to November 2006

Richard A. White

August 1996 to February 2006

Robert Polk (Acting)

March 1996 to August 1996

Larry G. Reuter

March 1994 to March 1996

David L. Gunn

March 1991 to March 1994

William A. Boleyn (Acting)

December 1990 to March 1991

Carmen E. Turner

May 1983 to December 1990

Richard S. Page

May 1979 to May 1983

Theodore C. Lutz

November 1976 to May 1979

Warren D. Quenstedt (Acting)

February 1976 to November 1976

Jackson Graham

February 1967 to February 1976

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News release issued at 1:40 pm, January 14, 2010.