BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger Resigns; Severance is $958,000

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BART general manager Dorothy Dugger and the transit agency have finally parted ways. The BART board tried to oust Dugger -- who by some accounts has done a decent job -- in February, but that vote was rescinded because it violated the state's open meeting law.

Today, BART sent out the following announcement. Terms of the agreement with Dugger here.


OAKLAND, CA – Tomorrow the BART Board of Directors will officially begin
the process of searching for a new General Manager, following the
resignation of BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger.

Dugger turned in her resignation letter to the BART Board of Directors this

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. This record of achievement was possible with the
outstanding support of the entire organization. I want to thank BART’s
talented and dedicated employees for their exemplary work during these past

“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.”

Board to Meet in Closed Session Thursday to Begin Search for New GM
The BART Board of Directors 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.

Dorothy Dugger
Quick Facts:
1st Female GM
1992 Began at BART
13 Years as Deputy GM
4 Years as GM
2 Years as Executive Manager, External Affairs
19 Years with BART

Terms of Resignation Agreement:

BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger and the BART Board of Directors reached
a mutual agreement whereby BART will pay Dorothy Dugger $958,000 and Dugger would resign effective April 22, 2011. The $958,000 settlement is comprised of:

Approximately $600,000, the cost to BART of Dugger’s severance package had she been terminated

$350,000 to ensure a smooth transition and to avoid any litigation between the parties