RTD board member wants public review of GM contract

From The Denver Post:  A proposed $300,000 contract for the new general manager of the Regional Transportation District should be shelved for now to give the public a chance to review it in detail, RTD board member Natalie Menten said Monday.

The contract for Dave Genova — who has been serving as the interim RTD general manager for nearly a year — will be discussed by the RTD board in executive session Tuesday night. The board is scheduled to vote on the contact during its regular session.

Menten said the board should allow the public to read the particulars of the contract before it is voted on.

“Before the final approval of the general manager contract, the public needs to be aware of the costs involved,” Menten said. “The position of the RTD general manager is that of a public servant, and we need to be as transparent as possible.”

Menten said she plans to ask the board to table a vote on the contract until the next board meeting.

“This contract needs to go to the public,” Menten said. “I’m determined to make sure the RTD doesn’t follow the status quo and keep documents locked up until the last minute from the public.”

The two-year contract calls for Genova to draw a $275,000 annual base salary and collect an automatic annual raise of $10,000. Other benefits, including a pension contribution, adds up to an annual package of more than $300,000, Menten said.

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