PAG approves contract for new director

2013-09-25T16:15:00Z 2013-09-25T20:45:03Z PAG approves contract for new directorBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Pima Association of Governments Regional Council has approved an annual contract for the next executive director for the Regional Transportation Authority and PAG.

The unanimous decision will give Farhad Moghimi, the assistant town manager in Sahuarita, an annual salary of $153,700.

The director oversees the region’s planning efforts and the $2.1 billion RTA program.

“PAG plays an important role in our region,” said PAG Regional Council Chairman and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “I’m confident that Farhad Moghimi will do a great job and I look forward to working with him.”

Before he became Sahuarita’s assistant town manager, Moghimi was the town’s director of public works. His experience also includes working in private consulting and for the town of Marana. Moghimi has served as chair of the RTA’s Technical Management Committee’s Policy Subcommittee and as vice chair of PAG’s Transportation Planning Committee.

As the PAG/RTA executive director, Moghimi will be responsible for establishing long-range goals and objectives for the organizations, identifying regional issues and building consensus to address regional challenges, an official announcement of his hiring said.

He also will be responsible for all regional planning, transportation services and programs, and administration functions, including intergovernmental consultation and coordination of programs. Other responsibilities include developing and managing the PAG and RTA budgets.

Moghimi’s salary is slightly lower than what PAG and the RTA were paying his predecessor Gary Hayes, who was director from 2004 through 2012 before resigning for health reasons.

When Hayes left the position, his annual salary was $168,000, according to PAG spokeswoman Sheila Storm.

Moghimi will start his new job on Oct. 14

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson.

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