September 25, 2013

Transportation Authority To Hire New Director

Sahuarita assistant town manager is chosen candidate; contract offer expected at Wednesday meeting.

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The Pima Association of Governments and the Regional Transportation Authority are scheduled to offer a contract to a new executive director Wednesday.

Each of the organizations is comprised of the same members and they share staff, including the executive director.

Farhad Moghimi, an assistant town manager in Sahuarita, has been named the next executive director, but the position is not official until he and the governing board agree to a contract.

The proposed contract includes an annual salary of $153,700 plus a $400 per month vehicle allowance. That is about $17,000 more than Gary Hayes, the previous executive director, made before he retired earlier this year.

The Pima Association of Governments distributes federal funding to the local governments in the Tucson metro area. The Regional Transportation Authority oversees the voter-approved $2.1 billion transportation plan to improve roads in the area.

“Everything I’ve done throughout my career really prepared me for this position," Moghimi said. "Definitely being able to work with a broad range of organizations and stakeholders and being able to build consensus."

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