Marcella Szel, TransLink board chair, defends paying two CEO salaries
Marcella Szel said she believes having a new CEO will help restore public confidence
The chair of TransLink's board of directors is defending the move to hire a new CEO while continuing to pay the former one.
While the decision has stirred some controversy, TransLink board Chair Marcella Szel said she believes a new CEO will help restore public confidence in the transit authority.
'It's the tone and the personality of the CEO that drives change and so we're going to be looking for one that focuses on efficiency and performance, accountability and customer service," she said on CBC Radio's On The Coast.
"On the compensation the board is in fact taking a very hard look at overall executive compensation, and it is within that context that we decided we needed to make a change and we needed to make it now."
Restoring public confidence
Szel said getting a new CEO in place was the first step to making TransLink a better organization.
"What we wanted to do is ensure that the public understands that we're going to change the organization, we're going to change the way the organization looks at service, the way it looks at its performance, the way it looks at accountability, and it will do that through a new strong CEO," she said.
But the No side of the transit referendum has drawn attention to TransLink's management as a reason to vote against the 0.5 per cent tax increase to fund more transit.
"We've still got a lot of time before the votes are counted at the end of May. We believe that having a new CEO in place doing different things with the organization ... is a good thing to do now."