Interim General Manager


RTD's Board of Directors appointed Paul Ballard as the agency’s interim general manager and CEO. Contract negotiations with Ballard are under way. He joined RTD on February 24, 2020.

Ballard retired in April 2019 as CEO from Trinity Metro, which serves the city of Fort Worth, Texas, and its suburbs. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Nashville MTA and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee. Over more than four and a half decades, Ballard has served as a general manager, CEO or president of public- and private-sector transit systems.

Read his cover letter and resume.

General Manager and CEO Selection Update

The Board of Directors' search for the next General Manager and CEO has concluded with the selection of transit industry veteran Debra Johnson. She will be the first female in RTD's history to take on the top role.

The Directors will continue to follow the process outlined in Board of Directors Documentation on Process for Hiring/Transitioning to a New General Manager. The Board and Johnson will begin negotiating the terms of her employment agreement, a process expected to be complete by the end of October. RTD will announce the date Johnson begins her new role when it has been determined.