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April 18, 2012

North Texas Tollway Authority awards permanent top job to Carrigan, who has been interim chief since his predecessor was forced out

Gerry Carrigan Hi resGerry Carrigan has been at the helm of the North Texas Tollway Authority since October, after the previous executive director was forced out - and now he gets to keep the job permanently.

The tollway authority board on Wednesday voted unanimously to offer the permanent job to Carrigan, a former HNTB employee. The board authorized chairman Kenneth Barr of Fort Worth and two other members to negotiate a salary and other employment terms. Once the deal is sealed, the specifics will be brought back to the board, spokesman Michael Rey explained. Barr1

Carrigan appeared to be the next executive director-in-waiting from the moment Allen Clemson resigned in October, after trying unsuccessfully to force the agency to end its decades-long contracts with a handful of powerful professional firms such as HNTB. Tolltag

The Plano-based organization hired a Rose Porterfield firm to "assess the role of the interim executive director and essentially look at the qualities you would want in the role of executive director," Rey said.

On Wednesday, Rose Porterfield briefed the board in executive session. Afterward, without disclosing whether there were other candidates for the job, the board voted in favor of Carrigan.

 

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Karen Thomas

I guess he was impressive during his interium.

Notch Johnson

"Permanent" means forever. I think they mean "until he is replaced or dies whichever comes first."

Ann

Why is there still a Tollway when it has been paid off for years?

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