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Rec and Park director Phil Ginsburg flattered, but not interested in Muni position

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Phil Ginsburg, the director of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department and surprise candidate for the upcoming executive director vacancy at Muni, said he’s not interested in becoming The City’s transit chief.

Nathaniel Ford is stepping down as the director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on June 30, and Tom Nolan, the SFMTA’s board chair, said a new hire will likely come from a local source. The top rumored candidates are Ed Reiskin, the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Works, and Carter Rohan, the SFMTA’s executive deputy director.

Nolan threw out a bit of a curveball on Thursday, however, when he said he’d like to see Ginsburg as a potential candidate. At the time, Nolan conceded that he hadn’t reached out to the Rec and Park director at all, but he praised the work Ginsburg has accomplished for The City.

Despite the lofty words from Nolan, Ginsburg said he’s content to stay on as the Rec and Park director — and you certainly can’t knock his reasoning for turning down the SFMTA job.

“I’m flattered, but I love my current job,” said Ginsburg. “Plus, why would I want a job where people can yell at me even more?”

wreisman@sfexaminer.com