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Hillsborough approves $210,000 salary for new transit CEO, Benjamin Limmer

Ben Limmer talks to a large crowd during a public forum on Atlanta's proposed transit expansion in 2018.  Limmer starts as the new CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority on March 25. [STEVE SCHAEFER   |   Atlanta Journal Constitution]
Ben Limmer talks to a large crowd during a public forum on Atlanta's proposed transit expansion in 2018. Limmer starts as the new CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority on March 25. [STEVE SCHAEFER | Atlanta Journal Constitution]
Published Mar. 4, 2019

TAMPA — Hillsborough County's transit agency will pay its new CEO $210,000 a year under a contract approved Monday.

The three-year deal for Benjamin Limmer, assistant general manager of Atlanta's transit authority, takes effect March 25. The contract also allows for two one-year extensions.

Limmer was unanimously selected by the board last month to replace Katharine Eagan, who left for Pittsburgh a year ago. Eagan made $183,000 at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. She was hired in Pittsburgh at a base salary of $230,000.

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A couple members of the business community raised concerns during the search process that the field of candidates was too narrow, and that the salary range should be increased to entice other applicants. The position was posted with a salary range of $180,000 to $220,000.

As with Eagan, Limmer will be eligible each year for a bonus, as determined by the board. His contract sets a maximum bonus of 10 percent of his base salary.

Limmer will oversee an injection of $1.4 billion into the agency over the next decade, if pending lawsuit does not invalidate a one-cent sales tax for transportation voters approved in November.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the length of Limmer's contract.

Contact Caitlin Johnston at cjohnston@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8779. Follow @cljohnst.