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Reigrut out as executive director of MDTA

Kevin Reigrut

Kevin Reigrut

The head of the Maryland Transportation Authority has abruptly resigned and been replaced.

Executive Director Kevin Reigrut resigned effective Monday as the authority’s board was scheduled to meet in an emergency session.

Cheryl Sparks, a spokeswoman for the agency that administers the state’s toll roads and bridges, confirmed the departure. She declined to explain Reigrut’s reason for resigning.

Reigrut did not immediately respond to an attempt to contact him.

Multiple sources said Reigrut was given an ultimatum last week by Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn to resign before the authority board met Monday at 5 p.m. That meeting, scheduled on Friday, listed one agenda item, the discussion of a personnel matter.

Rahn chairs the board.

Sparks said the board approved a recommendation to elevate John O’Neill to the position of acting executive director. O’Neill previously served as chief operating officer for the agency.

Reigrut served as head of the agency for two years and was said to be keenly interested in modernizing toll collection.

Last week, he and Rahn announced that toll facilities at the Francis Scott Key and Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridges would go cashless starting in October.

Prior to taking over the authority, Reigrut served as assistant secretary of operations under Rahn at the state transportation department.

Before joining the department, Reigrut was chief of staff to Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris. In 2012, Reigrut was disciplined for a party on the veranda of the U.S. Capitol in which an underage college intern was served alcohol.


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