Utah Transit Authority General Manager John Pingree will not be leaving to head a troubled California transit district, even though he was reportedly the favored candidate for the job.

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District board of directors Friday named a Virginia transportation official as general manager of the Oakland-based bus system that has been the subject of an Alameda County Grand Jury investigation.Pingree was out of town Friday and unavailable for comment as to whether he was offered and turned down the job, which will pay James L. O'Sullivan, head of the Peninsula Transportation District Commission in Newport News, Va., $94,000 annually.

Pingree, who is earning $86,000 in his eleventh year as general manager of UTA, had said he would expect to earn more than that to cover the higher cost of living in the East Bay area.