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Farhad Moghimi is poised to become the next director of the Pima Association of Governments, and the Regional Transportation Authority.

The two organizations have different functions, but share much of the same staff, including the director, and governing board.

Moghimi has been an assistant town manager in Sahuarita, where he's overseen public works including transportation. He also worked as a private contractor for the Arizona Department of Transportation, and in public works in Marana.

He helped write the 20-year regional transportation plan that dictates road improvements the Regional Transportation Authority is tasked with carrying out between 2006 and 2026. Those projects are voter-approved and paid for with a half-cent per dollar sales tax in Pima County.

The PAG distributes federal funding to governments in the Tucson metropolitan area, including for roads, water and clean air projects.

His experience in running local governments will be helpful for the new position, Moghimi said.

“Being able to work with everybody, understand everybody’s priorities, and truly being able to have the bigger picture perspective is really valuable as a director," he said.

Moghimi was appointed to the director position last week, but it is not official until the PAG and RTA boards approve his contract. That's expected in late September, Moghimi said, as the parties are still negotiating the terms.

He replaces Interim Director Cherie Campbell. She's been in the position since former director Gary Hayes resigned the position due to health reasons late in 2012.

Once his contract is approved, he will begin the new position, he said.