Bi-State’s New Leader Ousts Metro Security Chief, Top Assistant

By on January 21, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Metro Transit’s top two security officials were ousted Friday amid what the operation’s new chief executive said is an effort to coordinate better with local police departments in protecting MetroLink passengers.

Sources said Richard Zott, Metro’s public safety chief since 2012, and Jason Davis, his top assistant, are both leaving.

Taulby Roach, who took over Jan. 1 as president of Metro’s parent agency — the Bi-State Development Agency — confirmed he had made a change in Metro’s security management.

He said he has tapped Scott Grott, MetroLink’s general manager, to be in charge of security on an interim basis along with his other duties.

Roach said he would seek to hire someone with public safety expertise and “how it applies in a transit environment” to fill the role on a permanent basis.

As for Zott’s and Davis’ employment status, Roach said, “I can’t discuss specific personnel issues.” Zott and Davis could not be reached for comment.

The move comes after friction in recent years between Bi-State/Metro and St. Louis County police over how to patrol MetroLink amid a spate of high-profile violent crimes.

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