STB’s Buttrey Leaving Government

WASHINGTON — Surface Transportation Board Commissioner W. Douglas Buttrey announced that he plans to leave government service upon the completion of the Board’s work on several pending matters.

Buttrey was nominated to serve on the Board by President George W. Bush on Nov. 17, 2003, for a five-year term expiring Dec. 31.  He served as the agency’s Chairman from Jan. 5, 2006 until Aug. 14, 2006. Pursuant to the Board’s governing statute, a Board Member may continue to serve for up to one year after the termination of the Member’s term, unless a successor is appointed.

Buttrey stated, in a letter to Board Chairman Charles D. Nottingham, that he considers it a great privilege to serve as a Board Member and that he would continue to do so to the best of his ability until the resolution of certain pending matters.

In commending Buttrey for his distinguished service, Chairman Nottingham stated, “Commissioner Buttrey was instrumental in guiding the Board through an important transitional process focused on making the agency more transparent, accessible and responsive to all stakeholders.  Mr. Buttrey has been a strong proponent of equitable treatment of captive shippers, especially grain producers.  His concern for the well-being of the Board’s employees, as well as his leadership during the agency’s 2007 headquarters relocation project, earned him the respect and gratitude of all of his colleagues.”