The governing board for the Pima Association of Governments and the Regional Transportation Authority is monitoring the health of its executive director, Gary Hayes.
Hayes is executive director of both, and the two government entities share many staff members. Hayes has been working from home for the past four months because of an unspecified health issue, says Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath.
Hiremath and the other mayors and tribal leaders make up the 9-member PAG and RTA governing board. The RTA was approved by voters in 2006, and is carrying out a $2 billion, 20-year transportation plan.
PAG is a regional planning agency that distributes federal funding to local governments in the Tucson metropolitan area.
Hiremath says Hayes has remained involved in the management of the agencies from home.
“There has not been a single project that he has not been consulted on, vetted on, he still is very mentally acute, he’s involved on a day-to-day basis," Hiremath says.
Even so, the governing board, made up of all the mayors and tribal leaders in the metro area, says it could consider appointing an interim executive director next month.
“We’re just continuing to monitor the situation just to see what’s going to come out of it." he says.