John Nations, president and chief executive officer of Bi-State Development, has informed the board of commissioners of his intention to leave the organization, effective this fall.
Nations, who served as mayor of Chesterfield from April 2001 to October 2010, was first approached by Bi-State in 2009. He led the successful Proposition A campaign in St. Louis County to provide funding for public transportation in early 2010 and accepted the top position at Bi-State Development in October of that same year.
According to a press statement released by Bi-State, Nations is announcing his intentions now because he wants the board to have sufficient time to find a successor as well as ensure a smooth transition.
After more than 20 years in public life, Nations said he is leaving so he can have more quality time with his family as well as pursue his many interests in legal and civic affairs.
“I look forward to being able to spend more evenings and weekends with family and friends,” he said.
“The fall is the most appropriate time for transition, as it was when I came in October 2010, and will allow my successor time to work with the board and staff to set priorities heading into 2019.
“[Former Bi-State Development President] Bob Baer worked hard to ensure that I had a good transition eight years ago, and I intend to do the same for my successor. My intention is to hand my successor a successful and respected Bi-State Development.”
Nations is the longest-serving president and CEO in Bi-State Development’s history