SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Nathaniel Ford’s 5 ½ year tenure as head of the Municipal Transportation Agency will end June 30, city officials announced Wednesday.

Word of Ford’s departure comes just days after an arbitrator imposed a contract on Muni operators that maintains base pay but gives management greater authority to control overtime and to discipline drivers.

“Now there’s a path. There’s a tool that this new management team will be able to use to bring better service to Muni,” Ford said.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

His contract was set to expire in 2014. The chair of the SFMTA board, Tom Nolan, said Muni officials were aware for several months that Ford might leave this year.

The city’s highest paid employee will receive a severance package of $384,000—one year’s pay plus unused vacation and other compensation, Nolan said.

Ford said he does not have another job lined up and plans to spend time with his family.

The Muni board will formally end Ford’s contract on Tuesday and talk about the process for selecting a replacement.

“We want to make this as seamless as transition as possible, and also to act as soon as possible,” Nolan said.

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  1. mikie says:

    Almost 400,00 in pay for a system that is broken… Peter Principal in spades.

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