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Metro-North appointments address safety, diversity


New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro-North Railroad April 5 emphasized its safety and diversity focus through announcing two appointments: Gregory Bradley as vice president of human resources and diversity, and Mark Campbell, chief safety officer — a new position.

"Creating this new position … emphasizes our commitment to intensify to work safely and reduce injuries," said Metro-North President Peter Cannito in a prepared statement.

Campbell has 28 years’ railroading experience, including 14 years managing Metro-North’s maintenance-of-way department. In 1986, he established an engineering training unit, and in 1989 was promoted to director of training.

"No job is so important that we can’t insist that our employees and contractors take care while they’re doing it," Campbell said. "We need to build a strong safety culture starting with a commitment from the top. In a strong safety culture, people never lose sight of safety objectives."

Bradley previously worked at New York City Transit’s Bus Division, serving as manager of employee relations since 1993, and before that as a hearing officer in the labor relations department.

"This appointment reflects my belief that our employees are the key to our success and that the development of our human resources needs increased emphasis," said Cannito.

Metro-North’s new VP believes that "if we treat each other with courtesy, respect and professionalism, it will nourish a good sense of company identity and increase morale."

Benefits, compensation and employee development, employment, human resources information systems, the Employee Assistance Program, medical records, human resources services, testing and validation, training and workforce diversity, all will fall under Bradley’s jurisdiction. And he plans to treat employees as customers when discharging his duties, he said.

"I envision human resources as providing a full range of support services," he said, "from efficiently processing benefits to offering a comprehensive array of educational and developmental training programs."

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