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Head of metro area transportation policy group dies unexpectedly

FARGO — The leader of the organization that decides transportation policies for Fargo-Moorhead area has died.

Bill Christian was executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments, or Metro COG.

His death was confirmed Wednesday, Oct. 18, by Brenda Elmer, chair of the Metro COG Policy Board and a Moorhead City Council member.

"It's very unfortunate that he passed away unexpectedly," Elmer said, adding: "I don't have a lot of details."

According to Forum archives, Christian had served as head of Metro COG since early fall 2014, after working as the organization's senior planner.