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MBTA will have new leader before Maura Healey takes office, gov-elect says

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There will be no interim period for leadership at the MBTA, according to Gov.-elect Maura Healey, who said she plans to appoint a new general manager before she takes office.

“There will be a GM in place,” Healey told reporters after an unrelated press event Thursday. “We’re going to continue to look at that. And as I’ve said, I think it’s really important that the right leadership be in place, also that the workforce be supported.”

Healey’s first day as governor is Jan. 5, two days after MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, who resigned last week, plans to step down from his position.

“The focus is going to be on workforce, on leadership, on accountability and safety,” Healey said. “That’s what we’re going to look to drive here in the coming days.”

A quick appointment seems to support the prevailing thought among those interviewed by the Herald last week that the person hired for the $300,000-plus position will be relatively local, with knowledge of the MBTA, rather than someone hired after a nationwide search.

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