Senator Tom Ada’s Bill Would Ease Qualifications for Transit GM

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Guam – Senator Tom Ada has introduced a measure that would amend the qualifications necessary for the Manager’s position at the Guam Regional Transit Authority.

The position has not been filed since February 2009.

The current law requires 10 years of experience managing a transit system. Bill #473 would lower that requirement to 6 years.

READ Bill #473 HERE

A release quotes Senator Ada as saying “ I believe the qualification requirements for the Executive Manager can be made less stringent without compromising the ability of GRTA to provide good services.”

READ Senator Ada’s release in FULL below:

SENATOR TOM ADA PROPOSES AMENDMENT TO QUALIFICATIONS FOR GUAM REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE MANAGER POSITION

Hagåtña, Guam (June 13, 2012): Senator Thomas C. Ada introduced Bill No. 473-31, an act to amend the current qualification requirements for the Executive Manager of the Guam Regional Transit Authority, an unclassified position that has not been filled since its creation in February 2009. Current law requires prospective candidates to have “a combined minimum of ten (10) years of experience successfully managing a public or private transit system, or business activity similar to or greater in scope and size to GRTA, and a Bachelors degree in the field of business administration, urban planning or a closely related field” (P.L. 30-05). Bill 473-31 amends the qualifications, and requires prospective candidates to have “a combined minimum of six (6) years of operational, supervisory, and management experience working in an organization that provides transportation related services”.

Senator Tom Ada states, “given the size and character of the GRTA operation, I believe the qualification requirements for the Executive Manager can be made less stringent without compromising the ability of GRTA to provide good services.” Senator Ada further added, “Although technical experience is important, the leadership qualities of the Executive Manager is just as important.”

Although the Guam Regional Transit Authority has taken steps to advertise, interview and ultimately, contract an Executive Manager, the fixed and budgeted compensation for the position has not yielded a commitment from prospective applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. Bill 473-31 broadens the minimum qualification requirements without compromising the ability of the Executive Manager to provide a responsive public transit system. Senator Ada states, “Filling this critical position is needed to effectively operate and further develop the public transit system.”