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Metro's top leader wins national safety kudos


Metro's general manager was awarded a national safety award Thursday as one of eight chief executive officers who "get it" when it comes to creating a culture of safety.

Richard Sarles was awarded the 2013 CEOs Who Get It recognition from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization created by Congress. The award is intended to honor leaders who understand that safety is a business imperative, not just the right thing to do, according to the group.

The chief operating officer of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control, Teri L. Bristol, was among the other public-sector officials to win the prize. Both organizations have been rocked by major safety mishaps in recent years, followed by reform efforts.

Sarles joined Metro in 2010, first as an interim general manager when John Catoe stepped down in the wake of the fatal 2009 Fort Totten crash. He was then appointed to a three-year term in 2011, after leading NJ Transit.