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SFMTA Chief Nat Ford: I Didn’t Seek Out D.C. Airports Job

2:56 PM PST on February 24, 2011

Nat Ford testifying before the Board of Supervisors last year. Photo: Bryan Goebel

SFMTA Chief Nat Ford told Streetsblog today that heading up the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is actually the first job that he's been interested in taking, despite steady rumors that he's been applying for a number of positions over the years.

"I am not seeking to leave the MTA. I was approached by the Metropolitan Airports Authority. They sought me out. So, it's never been the case in any of these cases of me actually seeking a job," said Ford, who we caught while he was attending the Chinatown Community Development Center's Lunar New Year luncheon today.

He went on: "I have a national reputation and from time to time people seek me out for positions and it's been pretty much consistent that I've turned them down for the most part. However, this is one that did get my interest."

Ford, in his first public comments about the possible new gig, said he needed to do what was in the best interests of his career and his family. "From a career standpoint and from a personal standpoint, this was something that was worth my attention."

Meantime, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who was also at the CCDC event, said he is very concerned about the situation.

"Many of us are concerned about the long-term and short-term management of the MTA and if he is interviewing in lots of places we hope that gets resolved quickly because we need someone at the helm who will be focused on the huge challenges facing the MTA right now."

According to reports, MWAA officials are expected to make a decision by next week.

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