Gov. Herbert believes UTA leadership is on the right track

Some residents and at least one lawmaker, State Senator Todd Weiler, R-District 23, are calling for changes in Utah Transit Authority leadership in the wake of a scathing state audit this week that questioned executives’ pay and business dealings.

On his monthly Let Me Speak to the Governor radio program Thursday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said he does believe that under new chairman Greg Hughes UTA has been addressing all of the past issues and that the agency is on the right track.

“By the way, this is not a state agency. Some people get confused because it’s Utah Transit Authority, thinking it’s a state agency,” said Herbert. “It’s not.

“It’s a special service district created by local governments and the will of the people. But they do use taxpayer dollars.”

He said UTA officials need to be open, they need to be transparent and they need to be able to justify what they are doing whether it is on salaries, on purchases or bid processes that they go through. He said he heard Senator John Valentine, who asked for the audit, say this week that it looks like UTA is addressing most of the issues.

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