Economics is driving Metro's cut

Monday, December 7, 2009

I am profoundly disappointed in The Post's coverage of the Dec. 3 meeting of Metro's Finance, Administration and Oversight Committee ["Metro to cut official who oversaw safety," Metro, Dec. 4].

The story portrayed the thinking behind the elimination of the chief administration officer on Metro's executive leadership team as something far different from the reason I took the action. It had no relationship to any safety issue. It has everything to do with our budget shortfall. The reporter's writing maligned the excellent record of service that Emeka Moneme has built as an employee of Metro and of the District.

There is one reason that the chief administrative officer position will be cut, and that reason is the grim economic condition the region and Metro are in.

John B. Catoe Jr., Washington

The writer is general manager of Metro.

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