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The Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners will install Taulby Roach as president and chief executive officer Jan. 1. He will succeed John Nations.A public transit advocate, Roach has worked closely with Bi-State Development Corp. for more than 20 years on a variety of Metro Transit capital projects in St. Clair County, Illinois. Bi-State Development operates the Metro Transit public transit system in the St. Louis region, including MetroLink and MetroBus.For the past year and a half, Roach has served as the chief financial officer for the St. Clair County Transit District, which contracts with Bi-State Development and Metro Transit for MetroLink and MetroBus services in the county. In the past year, he played a key role in a security mobilization initiative to establish cross-jurisdictional police support for officers on MetroLink trains in Illinois and Missouri, Bi-State Development officials said in a press release."Taulby has nearly three decades of combined experience in real estate, transportation, public policy, infrastructure and development," said Bi-State Development Chair Constance Gully. "He is experienced in every aspect of project development, from capital funding to design and construction."Nations, who joined Bi-State Development in 2010, is the organization's longest-serving president and CEO. In June, he announced plans to step down to spend more time with his family and join law firm Evans and Dixon.