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City to announce new bike/ped coordinator soon

The City of Tucson should have a new bicycle and pedestrian program manager before the end of August.

Andy McGovern, an administrator in Tucson’s traffic engineering department and the person heading up the search, said the city should make an announcement about the hiring soon.

“We interviewed five applicants and are in the process of making an offer and selecting somebody to fill the position,” he said. “I hope to be able to announce within the next two weeks.”

McGovern would not say who they were offering the position to, but did say the final five candidates were  narrowed down by the human resources department from a larger pool of applicants and were a mix of local and national planners.

The position became available when Tom Thivener left to become the head of Calgary, Alberta’s bicycle program in early May.

Ian Johnson, the chair of the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Committee, participated in the hiring process and is impressed with how fast the city worked to fill the vacant position.

“The speed with which they have been able to find a replacement for Tom and get it through the system — knowing that it isn’t quite done —really shows how high a priority biking and walking is for the current mayor and council,” Johnson said.

McGovern wasn’t sure what role the mayor and council played in getting the ball rolling, but said the process has been speedy.

“It’s been a faster process than I have ever dealt with in refilling a position,” McGovern said. “I don’t know how much influence the mayor has had, but we have cooperation from human resources and the city managers office.”

The hiring comes shortly after the city hired a new transportation director from El Paso, Texas.

6 comments
3wheeler
3wheeler

Excellent.  It will be hard to replace Tom, but I'm sure they found someone good.

Red Star
Red Star

That *is* fast for the Old Pueblo; perhaps they had a great pool of candidates for inspiration.

Martha Retallick
Martha Retallick

Roger on the fast for the Old Pueblo, Red Star. There are times when this town feels like it's moving through molasses. Very exasperating for those of us from Back East. We like togetthingsdoneinahurry!

Martha Retallick
Martha Retallick

Okay, new guy or gal in the Bike/Ped job, I would like to invite you to join us for the second annual Biketoberfest. It's tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 6th. Everyone else who's reading this is also invited.