Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles is retiring effective in January, News4 has learned.
"It is time to rebalance my life more toward family, friends and pursuing activities that I have wanted to do for a long time," he told the Metro Board of Directors.
The board gave him a standing ovation, Tuss reported.
"Oh God are we ever going to miss you," Metro Board Chair Tom Downs said.
Board member Mort Downey said he was shocked by the announcement.
Sarles said his biggest accomplishment was the National Transportation Safety Board saying Metro went from worst to first.
The board appointed Sarles in January 2011 after he served eight months as interim general manager.