Metro officially named Richard Sarles as its new general manager Thursday and is disclosing more about how he was chosen.
Sarles had been serving as interim general manager for the past 10 months. When he was initially brought on last year, he was adamant that he was not a candidate for the permanent job.
But Thursday, Metro Board members revealed that Sarles was not asked to stay on as general manager, but instead volunteered himself for the position.
Board member Mort Downey says they were very close to choosing someone else, before Sarles asked to be considered. Downey and his colleagues say they're glad Sarles did, though, because they believe he's the perfect man for the job.
Sarles has signed on to a three-year contract as general manager, worth $350,000 a year.