One of the first orders of business for the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose District Facilities Board is finding someone to run Rio Nuevo.
Greg Shelko, who was Rio Nuevo director for the city, will be out of a job June 30. His position was eliminated in the city budget.
Shelko had a good grasp on the many aspects of Rio Nuevo. But when he went to Phoenix to testify before the Legislature about the downtown projects, he didn’t have some necessary information and his performance was underwhelming.
It will be up to the Rio Nuevo board – the people now in charge – to find a director who will engender confidence in the project. That is important, but it will be difficult.