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UP appoints Mitchell as San Antonio unit's first-ever general director of operating practices

Today, Union Pacific Railroad named Michael Mitchell general director of operating practices for the San Antonio Service Unit — a newly created position. He will be responsible for train safety in an area encompassing more than 1,500 track miles in southwestern Texas and a unit employing more than 1,300 people.

The job duties include reviewing, establishing and overseeing operating
practices and safety initiatives, and ensuring UP complies with
all safety regulations. Last month, the Federal Railroad Administration entered into a one-year Safety Compliance Agreement with UP requiring the Class I to improve rail safety in the San Antonio area following a number of accidents and incidents.

Mitchell most recently served as director of train management for UP's southern region. Since joining UP in 1982, he has served in a number of train management, operating practices and road foreman positions. Mitchell previously served Missouri Pacific Railroad as a bridge and building helper.

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