BART's Board of Directors will officially begin the process of searching for a new general manager on Thursday, following the resignation of BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger.
After spending nearly 19 years at BART, including the last four years as the general manager and 13 years as deputy general manager, Dugger's last day on the job will be Friday, April 22.
"It has been a challenging, exciting and professionally rewarding experience to lead a great organization that provides a vitally important service to the people of the Bay Area every day," Dugger said. "I am extremely proud of all that we have achieved and BART's strong record of accomplishment."
Dugger's resignation agreement stipulates that BART will pay a $958,000 settlement, which includes approximately $600,000 (the cost of Dugger's settlement package had she been terminated) and $350,000 to "ensure a smooth transition and to avoid any litigation."
"On behalf of the BART Board, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to Dorothy for her tireless work and lifelong dedication to public service," BART Board President Bob Franklin said.
The Board appointed Dugger to the agency's top spot on August 23, 2007 - making her the agency's eighth general manager and its first female to lead the agency.
"Under Dorothy's professional and dedicated leadership, BART has achieved a proud record of success on many fronts," BART Director Joel Keller said. "We have weathered the worst economic period in our history without layoffs or a reduction in core service, due in part to historic changes negotiated in our last labor contract; our $1.2 billion earthquake safety program is on schedule and under budget; service expansions are underway in three important transportation corridors; and the first phase of replacement of BART's fleet of train cars is moving forward."
This February, the BART Board of Directors reportedly voted 5-4 in a closed-door session to ask Dugger to resign. The vote was later rescinded due to concerns of legality.
The board will meet tomorrow in closed session during a special meeting to consider naming an interim general manager.
At that time the Board will also discuss the parameters for the search for a permanent general manager.