Finishing his third year leading Sound Transit, Peter Rogoff survived an investigation into complaints about abrasive management style, profanity and sexism that led to the loss of his 2017 performance bonus.
Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff is likely to get a $16,000 bonus this year to top off the new three-year contract he signed last month that included an 11 percent pay raise.
The Sound Transit executive committee unanimously approved the bonus for Rogoff, with no public debate, after about an hour of private discussion Thursday. The proposed bonus must be approved by the full Sound Transit board at its meeting next week.
Rogoff’s new contract will bump his salary to $364,000 a year next year, an 11 percent increase over what he has been making, and a number the agency says is comparable to the salaries of other transit agency directors in major West Coast cities.
His contract, which expires next month, gives the board — which is comprised of elected officials throughout the Sound Transit region — the option of awarding the CEO a performance bonus of up to 10 percent of his salary, based on a set of evaluation criteria.
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The 10-member executive committee, which includes Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine, recommended a 5 percent bonus.
Redmond Mayor John Marchione, vice-chair of the Sound Transit board, said the agency has grown by more than 40 percent since 2016, swelling to 950 employees as it works to build a multibillion-dollar network of rail and bus lines throughout the region.
“This is the most ambitious transit project in the United States right now,” Marchione said. “Peter has done a great job in building relationships with other governments.”
Sound Transit recently secured a $1.2 billion grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help build light rail to Lynnwood. That grant, which the agency has long planned for and counted on, had appeared to be in serious jeopardy after the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.
And Rogoff has made multiple trips to Washington, D.C., to push for federal funding.
Marchione also praised Rogoff for creating a more inclusionary workplace at the agency.
Rogoff, finishing his third year leading Sound Transit, survived an investigation into complaints about abrasive management style, profanity and sexism that led to the loss of his 2017 performance bonus.