Pierce Transit’s board has approved hiring an Olympia search firm to recruit a chief executive officer to succeed Lynne Griffith.
That might not be the only leadership change coming to the agency.
The transit system also will use the firm, Karras Consulting, to recruit executives for other high-level positions as needed, according to a resolution the board adopted Monday.
New CEOs often change executive leadership or reorganize staff members after taking over.
Pierce Transit will pay the firm $40,000 per recruitment, starting with the first task of finding a new CEO. The total amount spent will depend on the number of positions recruited for. Total spending can’t exceed $240,000.
The contract will be for three years with two optional one-year extensions.
A selection committee of board members and agency staff members recommended Karras Consulting from seven applicants.
The panel narrowed the seven firms to two. After interviewing representatives of Karras and another firm on Monday, the committee recommended the Olympia firm to the board.
Griffith had led Pierce Transit since 2006. She left Sept. 22 to become head of the state ferry system.
Pierce Transit’s board selected former Tacoma City Manager Jim Walton on Sept. 15 as interim CEO. He started work Sept. 23 at an annual salary of $165,000, plus benefits.
The transit board approved Walton’s contract Monday. His initial term is for 180 days. After that, the agency can renew the agreement for 30 days at a time.
Walton, 75, was Tacoma’s city manager — initially as an interim — from 2003 to 2005, before retiring. Before that, he had been assistant city manager and deputy city manager.