The head of the National Transportation Safety Board is stepping down. Deborah Hersman’s last day with the NTSB will be April 25, when she will start a new job as president of a nonprofit organization, the National Safety Council.
“It has been an honor to be associated with a noble mission that has at times inspired and evoked passion, and at other times been in the crosshairs of controversy, as real change doesn’t come without a cost,” Hersman stated Tuesday, March 11, in a farewell blog post.
The NTSB is an independent federal agency that investigates significant crashes involving commercial trucks and buses, trains and aircraft and makes safety and policy recommendations to other agencies in the federal government.
As chairman, Hersman helped triple the number of investigations that NTSB conducted.
Hersman was first appointed chairman in 2004 during the Bush administration.
Effective April 25, NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart will serve as acting chairman of the agency.
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