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LA Metro installs new senior team members, announces Wiggins' departure

Alex Wiggins resigned as Metro's security chief to become leader of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.
Photo – Alex Wiggins' Twitter page


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced that Chief of Security Alex Wiggins has resigned to accept the chief executive officer position at the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.

In addition, the authority announced a series of appointments to fill Wiggins' post and other vacancies on the senior leadership team. Metro named Nadine Lee chief of staff; James de la Loza, chief planning officer; Yvette Zoe-Robles Rapose, chief communications officer; Jonaura Wisdom, chief civil rights programs officer; and Aston Greene III, interim chief systems security and law enforcement officer.

Lee had served as interim chief of staff for nearly six months and previously was deputy chief innovations officer. A 34-year veteran in the design, planning and implementation of major transportation infrastructure projects, de la Loza previously was Metro's chief planner from 1996 to 2005. For the past 15 years, he served in senior-level positions at three major national and global transportation companies.

Meanwhile, Rapose had served as interim chief communications officer since early this year and previously oversaw Metro's community relations department. A Metro employee for the past five years, Wiscom previously served as director of EEO and civil rights program compliance.

And Greene most recently was executive officer of administration for Metro's systems security and law enforcement department. Prior to joining Metro, he was major/commander of the Office of System Security and Emergency Management with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's Police Department.

Wiggins had joined Metro in August 2015 as executive director of security. Other notable departures from the authority over the past six months include Deputy CEO Stephanie Wiggins, who became Metrolink's CEO in December; Planning Chief Therese McMillan, who became executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in February; and Chief Communications Officer Pauletta Tonilas, who became the Regional Transportation District of Denver's assistant general manager in January.

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