Where in the world is Nathaniel Ford going to work? 

Is he staying or is he going?

The guessing game regarding the future of Muni’s chief could be decided Wednesday, when the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Board of Directors meets to discuss the possible hiring of Nathaniel Ford.

Ford is considered a leading candidate for the top position at the MWAA, a $1.9 billion agency that oversees rail operations for Washington D.C.’s two airports. However, according to a recent story by The Washington Post, the 13-person board that oversees the agency is bitterly divided on Ford.

Concerns about his personal finances — he owes $76,000 in unpaid taxes — have driven a wedge in the group, and according to an informal poll conducted in the Post article, six of the 13 members said that they would not support his appointment to the head of the MWAA.

The story noted that the board will meet Wednesday for its regularly scheduled meeting, and that many local advocates are pressing the group to take action that day on Ford’s hiring.

Muni passengers hoping to see Ford rescue San Francisco’s long-moribund public transit agency will have to keep their attention focused on Washington D.C. to see if the chief sticks around The City to finish the job.


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