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.
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.
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.