Leo Schefer steps down as head of the Washington Airports Task Force


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After more than 25 years, Leo Schefer is stepping down as president of the Washington Airports Task Force, officials announced on Thursday.

Schefer, who has led the group since 1988, is retiring as of April 1. He will be succeeded by Keith W. Meurlin, said David Whitestone, chairman of the WATF’s Board of Directors.

Meurlin, a former military pilot, knows Washington area airports well. He previously worked as airport manager of Washington Dulles International Airport, where he led the airport’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

The Washington Airports Task Force is a public/private non-profit partnership that works on behalf of the Dulles and Reagan National airports.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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