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MTA CEO WHITE NAMES FOUR INTERIM EXECUTIVES; APPOINTS THREE OTHERS TO SERVE IN CEO'S OFFICE

 LOS ANGELES, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer Franklin E. White has named four members of the Los Angeles County MTA staff to serve as temporary heads of the planning and programming, construction, operations and administrative departments of the MTA. Three others were named to serve in the office of the chief executive officer.
 White said the temporary appointments are effective immediately and will continue through Oct. 31.
 Named to the position as executive officer, construction, and president of the Rail Construction Corp. was Edward McSpedon. McSpedon joined the LACTC in January 1985 and most recently served as the president of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission's (LACTC) Rail Construction Corp. Previously, he was with the engineering firm of Gibbs & Hill and before that with the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. McSpedon holds a master's degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College.
 Arthur T. Leahy, former assistant general manager, operations of the RTD, was named executive officer, operations. Leahy joined the RTD in 1971 and rose through the ranks from bus operator to an appointment as assistant general manager in 1989.
 Leahy earned a bachelor of arts in political science at Cal State Los Angeles and a master's in public administration at USC.
 Judith A. Wilson, former LACTC deputy executive director, was named executive officer, planning and programming. Wilson, who joined the LACTC in 1990, previously had served as assistant city manager and in other managerial positions with the City of Pasadena since 1980. She earned a bachelor of arts at Skidmore College and an MPA at Syracuse University.
 Alan F. Pegg, former RTD general manager, was named executive officer, administration. Pegg joined the RTD in 1987 as controller- treasurer and was appointed general manager in 1988. Previously, he was with the Metra transit system and the Regional Transportation Authority in Chicago. A certified public accountant, he is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
 Gary S. Spivack, former assistant general manager, planning, of the RTD, and Jerry M. Givens, assistant executive director of the LACTC, were assigned to serve in the chief executive officer's office along with L.A. Kimball, a former New York transit official.
 Kimball joined the MTA in March as an assistant to the chief executive officer. Previously, he was general manager of the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority in Garden City, N.Y. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor of arts in political science.
 Spivack was appointed an RTD assistant general manager in 1990. Prior to joining the RTD, he served in various managerial capacities at transit systems in Dayton, Ohio, Detroit, Baltimore and Miami.
 Spivack earned master's degrees in city planning and civil engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
 Givens joined the LACTC in 1984 and was appointed assistant executive director in 1991. Previously, he was assistant city manager of the City of Compton. He holds a bachelor of arts in political science and an master of arts in political science and public administration from the University of California.
 "I believe the men and women appointed to these leadership positions will help me move the MTA forward to become one of the premier transportation planning, construction and operations agencies in the United States," White said.
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