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Amtrak inspector general Weiderhold retires


Amtrak recently announced that Inspector General Fred Weiderhold Jr. is retiring after serving the national intercity passenger railroad for 35 years.

He has held the inspector general position since 1989. Prior to that, Weiderhold was first special assistant to the chairman for employee relations, conducting special investigations and acting as Amtrak's first employee ombudsman.

"As Amtrak's first and only inspector general, Fred has made important contributions in helping the board understand key issues facing the railroad and made useful recommendations to improve how we do business," said Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper in a prepared statement.

Carper plans to soon launch a search for Weiderhold's successor. In the interim, the Office of Inspector General staff will continue to provide oversight to Amtrak, including how the railroad uses stimulus funds received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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