With Nat Ford's departure, SFMTA seeks feedback on new executive director 

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency — which manages transit, traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and taxis in San Francisco — is in the midst of hiring a new executive director, and it wants the public’s input on the new chief.

The agency has been without a chief since June 30, when former executive director Nat Ford stepped down, leaving with a $384,000 severance package. Debra Johnson, who formerly held the title of Director of Administration, Taxis and Accessible Services, has been named the interim executive director.

While Ed Reiskin, current director of the Department of Public Works, is widely seen as the favorite to replace Ford, the SFMTA’s board of directors, which governs the agency, is reaching out to local residents to get feedback on a potential new hire.

The SFMTA has posted an online survey with a series of questions about what kind of new leader the public would like to see. No timetable has been posted yet for when the new hire will be made.


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