End of the line: Longtime UTA boss quietly retired after career filled with success, controversy
"These ideas need to have to come from somewhere and they need to have a leader. John was that guy," he said.
Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan counted himself among Inglish's critics early on. Dolan, like many other elected officials, wanted transportation dollars spent on roads rather than light rail.
"In retrospect, I along with many others believe we were wrong," he said.
"One thing I admire about John is he's got vision. He's moved this forward. He's got the leaderships skills to have made it happen. And he's got the thick skin to have gone through all the up and downs and criticisms that he's had to take over the years."
Bartholomew said Inglish articulated his ideas in a way that people would buy into them.
Not all of his big ideas worked, he said. But he "never got discouraged. He took bad news in stride."
If a door was closed, he said, Inglish found a key to open it.
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