After days of anticipation, Metro has announced that its pick for general manger is no longer being considered for the job.

“[Metro] and Neal Cohen have mutually agreed that Mr. Cohen is no longer under consideration to become [Metro’s] General Manager,” Metro board Chairman Mortimer Downey said in a statement. “The executive recruitment process to determine who will lead [Metro] remains ongoing, and discussions with candidates are actively underway. For that reason, we will not comment further on the search, except to say that the Board remains committed to completing the process as quickly as possible.“

Metro’s last general manager, Richard Sarles, announced his retirement in September 2014.

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