Carroll Transit System last week offered temporary director Linda R.Boyer a one-year contract that doubles her term and salary, citing agency progress under her stewardship.
The contract, effective Oct.1, will pay Boyer $24,000.
"She's brought us a very, very long way," said James H. Glazier, chairman of the board and president of the private, non-profit company. "Why look for something better when, with her, you almost see things moving ahead each day."
Boyer, 45, has held the post of director since April, when the board chose her to replace three-year director Charles Nason. The former director said the board asked him to resign because it no longer could afford to pay his $24,000 salary.
Boyer's pay is $1,000 a month. Boyer will continue as an independent contractor, meaning Carroll Transit does not pay Social Security, unemployment taxes or health insurance premiums.
Boyer, a former Mount Airy mayor and unsuccessful candidate for Frederick County Commissioner, initially was hired as director without an interview. Though 90 percent of Carroll Transit's revenues come from county, state and federal tax dollars, the private company is not legally required to put the director's job up for bid.
When the board hired Nason, however,the job was advertised.
The board did not permit Boyer to commenton her new contract. She is out of town until Sept. 30.
Boyer's new, more-expensive contract comes as the county's only publicly funded mass transit system is experiencing increasing ridership, but dwindling income.
Earlier this month, the county commissioners trimmed $15,000 from the system's $470,000 budget. That cut is just the beginning, Boyer and board members say.
"We need to come up with more strategies on how to handle the (county and state) budget deficits," she said. "We need to see just how we can continue to provide more service in this climate."
Boyer's future with the transit system was debated by the board's personnel committee over the last three weeks,Glazier said. The board met Wednesday and, after Boyer left, decidedto offer her the contract.
The 12-member board did not to advertise the position, Glazier said, because it is pleased with Boyer's work and skeptical that a job that would pay $24,000 with out benefits would attract many applicants.
"I don't think there is anyone in the contiguous 48 states who is qualified who would take a job at that salary," Glazier said.
Boyer had said earlier this month that she was uncertain she would continue to work for $1,000 a month. She spends about 50 hours a week on the job, board members say.
In addition to $2,000 a month, Boyer will receive about 12 days of vacation andsix days of sick leave a year, Glazier said.
Boyer's position with Carroll is not her first in transportation. From 1975 to 1978, she was a community developer with the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency in suburban Detroit.
Boyer worked on the start-up of what isnow called Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation in Pontiac, Mich. The authority provides transit services for the disabled, elderly and the poor.
Carroll Transit employs 25 people and has 16 vehicles.