A deputy police chief took the reins of Tucson Convention Center earlier this week.
City Manager Richard Miranda tapped Sharon Allen, a 30-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department, as the newest interim director of the center.
Allen assumed the post Sunday. She replaced Martin Carey, who took over the role of TCC finance administrator.
Miranda said he shifted Carey to the finance position because Rachel Duarte is leaving that position due to city rules that prohibit retirees from returning to work for longer than 18 months. Although Duarte’s term doesn’t expire until January, Miranda said he made the move now to maintain continuity as the TCC moves through its transitions.
“I am assured that both Deputy Chief Sharon Allen and Martin Carey will contribute to the ultimate success of the TCC management and arena renovation,” Miranda wrote in a memo.
Allen becomes the latest interim director, and second TPD official, to run the TCC since July 2011. Police Capt. Mark Timpf also previously spent time running the facility, taking over for Tommy Overmaier, who was removed over financial mismanagement issues.
Allen received a 5 percent bump in pay for the new assignment and will make about $152,400 a year.
She will run the show while the city continues its process of hiring a private management company.
Last July, the City Council authorized the search for an outside management company to see if the private sector could reverse the ailing TCC’s fortunes.
The city made the move in an attempt to avoid paying TCC losses and lease costs every year. This year, the city paid $3.4 million.
Although the city typically puts money into the TCC every year, city officials said declining revenues and events don’t justify the expenses anymore.
The city is tentatively scheduled to open the application process by the end of this month or early December.