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Nottingham won't seek second STB term


Yesterday, Surface Transportation Board Commissioner and former Chairman Charles Nottingham announced he will not seek a second term when his current board term expires Dec. 31.

The lone Republican on the three-member Board, Nottingham joined the STB in August 2006 and was appointed chairman by former President George W. Bush. His chairmanship ended in March 2009.

Under Nottingham’s leadership, the STB strengthened its Rail Customer and Public Assistance Program, established the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee and made it easier for small businesses to challenge rail rates, STB officials said in a prepared statement.

“Chip’s leadership and expertise will be missed,'' said STB Chairman Daniel Elliott III. “I join all board members and employees in wishing him only the best in his future endeavors.”

Nottingham plans to announce a specific departure date in the near future. The STB’s governing statute permits a board member to serve up to one year after his or her term expires until a successor is appointed.

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