Chesterfield mayor to lead Metro

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | 1:41 p.m. CDT; updated 2:04 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ST. LOUIS — The mayor of Chesterfield is taking over as president and chief executive officer for the St. Louis-area transit agency Metro.

Metro commissioners on Tuesday announced the appointment of John Nations. In addition to three terms as mayor of Chesterfield, Nations is a partner at the St. Louis law firm Armstrong Teasdale.

Nations recently led the successful campaign for passage of a half-cent transit tax that is expected to generate $75 million annually for Metro, allowing for restoration of service cuts.

Metro says Nations will resign at both the law firm and from the city before assuming his new job.

Nations calls public transit "the lifeblood" of the region and a catalyst for attracting and retaining jobs.

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