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Top Metro Safety Official Resigns After Less Than Year on Job

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    WASHINGTON, DC - March 16: With the D.C. Metro closed, the normally crowded escalators were empty at the entrance to the Metro Center station during the morning rush hours on March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Metro's General manager Paul Wiedefeld made the decision to close for 29 hours for a safety inspection after a recent fire. Metro makes approximately 725,000 trips per day in the D.C. Metro area. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

    Metro's top safety official has handed in his resignation.

    Acting Chief Safety Officer Louis Brown officially submitted his resignation Friday, News4 has learned.

    The resignation comes a week after Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld opted to shut down Metrorail for an entire day to conduct emergency safety checks, and after a woman died and dozens of passengers were injured after a train tunnel filled with smoke.

    Brown stepped into the role about six months ago, when previous chief safety officer James Dougherty resigned, as News4 reported. Dougherty left after being criticized publicly by Metro's board of directors.

    Metro is expected to conduct interviews for the position next week.

    Brown's last day on the job will be April 22.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.