Metro picks two insiders for top spots

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles on Tuesday named two of his existing managers to top positions at the transit agency.

Rob Troup will become deputy general manager of operations for Metro. (Metro)
Rob Troup will become deputy general manager of operations for Metro. (Metro)

In an internal e-mail, Sarles said Rob Troup, who has been serving as acting deputy general manager of operations since Dave Kubicek left the post last week will take on that role permanently. Sarles also said Ron Pavlik, a deputy chief in the Metro Transit Police department, will take over as chief of police for Michael Taborn who is retiring at the end of the month.

Troup started as a track laborer with Amtrak, a place where Sarles also worked, and went on to oversee construction support for track and signals there. Pavlik joined Metro in 1995 as a patrol officer after a seven-year stint in the U.S. Army. He is now deputy chief of patrol.

Ron Pavlik will become chief of the Metro Transit Police. (Metro)
Ron Pavlik will become chief of the Metro Transit Police. (Metro)

Sarles said their perspective and experience “has already served [Metro] well” and “reflects the talent of the leadership team that Metro is building, as well as our continued commitment to developing strong leaders internally.”

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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