Ex-Transportation Secretary to Monitor Safety at Fiat Chrysler

DETROIT -- Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater will serve as an independent monitor to make sure Fiat Chrysler complies with automobile safety laws.

Rodney Slater, former Transportation Secretary under President Bill Clinton, at the Statehouse Convention Center on Oct. 3, 2003, in Little Rock, Arkansas. NEEMAH AARON / AP

The appointment is part of a deal the company reached with the government to settle allegations of misbehavior in 23 recalls covering over 11 million vehicles. Slater will oversee the company's safety performance for the next three years.

Fiat Chrysler says in a statement that it submitted three candidates to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which picked Slater.

He's currently a partner in a Washington law firm and ran the Transportation Department under President Bill Clinton.

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