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Executive director of Maryland Transportation Authority abruptly resigns

Kevin Reigrut, executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority, has resigned.
Kevin Reigrut, executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority, has resigned. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Kevin Reigrut, executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority, which oversees the state’s bridges, tunnels and other toll facilities, abruptly resigned this week, officials confirmed.

Reigrut, who had led the agency since January 2017, submitted his official resignation to Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn and the agency’s board Tuesday afternoon, said Cheryl Sparks, an MDTA spokeswoman.

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The board held a 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday at its headquarters in Hanover with just one item on the agenda: an hourlong closed session called by the chairman, Rahn, to discuss “a personnel matter.”

The board meeting was called Friday, said Sparks, who said she did not know the reason for Reigrut’s resignation.

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“Somebody knew something on Friday,” Sparks said. “We needed to hold a board meeting.”

Chief Operating Officer John O’Neill has been promoted to acting executive director.

Reigrut and Rahn appeared at a news conference together a week ago, announcing cashless tolling on two Maryland bridges, and Reigrut expressed his excitement about guiding the agency to full cashless tolling in the coming years. He could not be reached Thursday for comment about his departure.

The news of Reigrut’s departure was first reported by The Daily Record.

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