Interim Metro General Manager Richard Sarles.
It's official: the Metro Board of Directors has selected a new general manager. And he's a familiar face at the transit agency.
The board has selected Richard Sarles to be its permanent general manager and chief executive officer, according to a statement released Friday evening.
The board conducted an international search for a new general manager, but chose to go with Sarles, who has been serving in an interim capacity for the past 10 months.
Metro Board members and other community leaders have praised Sarles for his ability to stabilize the organization after a debilitating series of accidents, fatalities and breakdowns.
But the choice of Sarles is somewhat surprising. When he was hired as interim general manager, Sarles was adamant that he was not a candidate for the permanent job.