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8/29/2008



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STB's Buttrey to step down from government service


Surface Transportation Board (STB) Commissioner W. Douglas Buttrey has announced plans to "leave government service" after the board completes several pending matters.

Buttrey — who chaired the board from January to August 2006 — joined the STB in 2003 after he was nominated by President George W. Bush. His five-year term expires Dec. 31.

"Commissioner Buttrey was instrumental in guiding the board through an important transitional process focused on making the agency more transparent, accessible and responsive to all stakeholders," said STB Chairman Charles Nottingham in a prepared statement, adding that Buttrey played a key role in handling railroad fuel surcharges and small rate case reform cases.

Prior to joining the board, Buttrey was a Memphis, Tenn.-based independent consultant. He previously served Federal Express Corp. as senior government affairs representative and the Senate aviation subcommittee as committee counsel.


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