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The Regional Transportation District’s board of directors announced Friday afternoon its selection of five individuals to be interviewed for the interim general manager and CEO position, which they could fill for anywhere from four to 14 months.

Vying for the top spot are candidates both within and outside of RTD, according to agency spokeswoman Marta Sipeki. The chosen candidate will be identified when that person replaces Dave Genova, who currently helms the ship and retires Jan. 20.

“We received more than 40 applications from qualified candidates all over the country,” RTD Board Chairman Doug Tisdale said in a statement. “We have narrowed it down to the best possible men and women who are more than capable to lead the agency on an interim basis until the permanent leader is named.”

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All applications were reviewed by the board’s executive committee, including Tisdale and Directors Peggy Catlin, Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Shelley Cook and Jeff Walker.

Beginning Jan. 9, the full board of directors will interview the candidates during “one or more” special board meetings.

The decision to expand RTD’s applicant pool for an interim leader to individuals outside of the agency resulted from an 8-7 vote that followed a lengthy debate in early December. That process differs from Genova’s hiring about four years ago, as well as when Phil Washington led the agency in 2009.

Candidates were required to submit a letter of interest and resume to the RTD executive committee by Dec. 23. They also had to specify in their application their salary expectations, the size of the organization they’ve led and an available starting date.

As specified in the job description, applicants should be a “dynamic, collaborative and progressive executive” with at least a decade of high-level management experience with “supervisory, budgetary and management responsibility” across multiple divisions and functional areas. “The GM/CEO will be a balanced leader who has the ability to manage and lead an organization in a highly political, complex and transparent environment,” the job description continued.

 “The RTD Selection Committee is committed to conducting a thoughtful and thorough process to find the best person to lead the agency during this interim period, until a permanent CEO is hired,” Tisdale said. “It is the group’s utmost priority to select an individual who is ready to lead RTD during both great opportunities and sustained challenges.”

The agency’s board of directors plans to pursue a nationwide recruitment for a permanent CEO in the coming months.

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