Metro’s Interim CEO Asked To Stay On The Job

After a lengthy search, Metro's interim CEO has been asked to take the job on a permanent basis. Metro's board will now begin contract negotiations with Tom Lambert, the former Metro police chief who's led the agency over the past year.


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Lambert has been with Metro for 35 years. He most recently served as an executive vice-president, and before that he was Metro’s police chief.

Metro board members selected Lambert as interim CEO when George Greanias resigned in late 2012.

Board member Gilbert Garcia says there’s been a lot of positive feedback from the community on Lambert’s performance.

“With all these such significant issues facing us, the continuity, I think, just makes such great sense.”

During his year as interim CEO Lambert kicked off a project to re-imagine Houston’s bus system. He also presided over the opening of Houston’s new light rail line on the northside. This fall Lambert will oversee the rollout of the new East End and Southeast lines.

“In the last year I think it’s been very clear as to the expectations of the board. The staff has moved forward to implement those expectations and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to build on that.”

Metro’s board will now enter into negotiations with Lambert to hammer out a contract. Lambert currently makes $235,000 a year.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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