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Anacostia Rail taps Crosson as chief safety, compliance officer

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Anacostia Rail Holdings Co. has named Herman Crosson chief safety and compliance officer, effective May 9.

Crosson will succeed Thomas Leopold, who joined Anacostia in 2006 and will continue to serve in a part-time capacity until he retires at the end of 2022.

Crosson most recently was vice president at Patriot Rail Co., where he was responsible for safety, training, sustainability, and environmental and regulatory compliance. He implemented a safety-first campaign called "Vision Zero," an employee-driven commitment to safety. Last year, Crosson received the Safety Professional of the Year Award from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

Crosson previously served CSX for 18 years, lastly as manager of training programs for engineers, conductors and remote-control operators.

In his new role at Anacostia, Crosson will be responsible for developing safety action plans, maintaining regulatory compliance, managing training and education standards, and integrating safety into all operations.

Throughout his railroad career, Crosson has served with the South Carolina Army National Guard, including as brigade and battalion commander. His service with the U.S. Army — which continues today — includes a broad range of specialized training in areas such as logistics, ordnance, and command.

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