US auto recovery chief to step down

Associated Press / June 15, 2010

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WASHINGTON — The leader of the White House’s effort to help cities and communities deal with the decline of the US auto industry is departing to return to academia.

Ed Montgomery, the executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers, will become the dean of Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute on Aug. 15.

The White House said in a statement yesterday that White House economic adviser Larry Summers and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will direct the work of the council in the interim. The administration plans to find a replacement for Montgomery.

Montgomery was appointed last year to coordinate the government’s work to help auto workers transition into new manufacturing jobs.

Montgomery’s work included the development of an $800 million trust fund to pay for the cleanup of closed GM sites in 14 states.