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BART general manager resigns

Search for new GM begins Thursday

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 The vote was later rescinded due to concerns of legality.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.

Comments

Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Apr 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

For $1M I guess I could be talked into "resigning" also! Who ends up paying for this reward for non-performance?


Posted by American, a resident of Danville
on Apr 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

This is absolutely ridiculous!! In the old days, it was private, large corporation CEO's getting run away golden parachutes. Now, it is our bankrupt public entities that are giving them away.


Posted by Citizen Paine, a resident of Danville
on Apr 14, 2011 at 9:04 am

Citizen Paine is a registered user.

And if they'd done it properly, it would have cost a lot less (but still way too much). I'd like to propose that the BART Board pick-up that $350K increment, and that the folks who hired an under-qualified GM underwrite the remainder.

But, just like we patrons are footing the bill for PGE's safety incompetence, we'll end up with this tab, as well, added to our fares.

We're a buncha dupes.


Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

Why was she asked to resign?

How much time was left on her employment contract?


Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Based on the newspaper article I read, the severance amount was raised significantly, due to Dugger having been fired at a BART board meeting that didn't adhere to the public meeting criteria. To avoid litigation over an "illegal firing", the additional severance was tacked on.

If she "resigned", then this part (at least) wouldn't need to be paid. So please, let's not call it resigning. She was fired. (If she says she resigned, then let's take her at her word, accept the resignation, and get at least part of the severance returned...)

Then of course is the basic issue of what idiots on the BART board thought it was necessary to agree to this severance package in the first place, with so much due after so little time at the position. But we are still told that there's no room for cuts in state and local government, and so tax increases are required!


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