16th Street and Larimer in Denver Colorado at night RTD bus MallRide

An RTD MallRide bus on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.

The Regional Transportation District board of directors announced Friday how interested candidates can apply to be the agency’s interim general manager and CEO.

Earlier this week, in an 8-7 vote that followed a lengthy debate, the board agreed to expand its applicant pool for an interim leader to individuals outside of the agency. This process differed from outgoing CEO Dave Genova’s hiring nearly four years ago, as well as when Phil Washington helmed the ship in 2009.

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Candidates willing to step up should submit a letter of interest and resume to the RTD executive committee by 5 p.m., Dec. 23. The position – which could range from four to 14 months – is expected to be filled less than a month later, by the time Genova departs on January 20.

Genova’s departure date was specified in his 60-day “voluntary retirement” notice late last month, and the board decided Tuesday night to not push him out any sooner.

Anyone interested in temporarily taking Genova’s place must specify in application materials their salary expectations, the size of the organization they’ve led and an available starting date.

Candidates 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 reads.

All applications will be reviewed by the board’s executive committee, which is made up by Chairman Doug Tisdale and Directors Peggy Catlin, Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Shelley Cook and Jeff Walker. The group will meet with the full board on Jan. 2 to discuss the applications received.

The board also will soon decide how to proceed in the search for the agency’s full-time leader, with some standing in favor of using an executive search firm to speed up the process, while others argue it’s too expensive.

The next RTD board meeting takes place on Feb. 4, 2020, half a month after an interim leader will likely have been chosen.

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