October 23,2002

By Leanne Whitten

The North Coast Railroad Authority has a new conductor.  Assistant Executive Director Doug Christy was unanimously approved by the NCRA Board of Directors Oct. 16 to step up as executive director of the agency.

Former Executive Director Max Bridges announced his retirement at last month’s meeting.

“Christy has an impressive resume.” Director Leo Sears said.  “We were impressed by his performance during his time with the NCRA.”

Christy has been with the NCRA for a year and a half and in railroad for 25 years.  He was CEO and president for a 500 mile regional railroad in Iowa and spent 20 years with a Class 1 line on the East Coast.

Bridges will remain on board for the next two months to ensure a smooth transition and assist with project management during recruitment for Christy’s replacement.  Recruitment for a new assistant executive director has already begun.  E-mail [email protected] for more information.

The next NCRA board meeting will be held Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Eureka City Council Chambers, 531 K St., Eureka.