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SANDAG committee approves executive director's request to resign early

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A request by outgoing San Diego Association of Governments Executive Director Gary Gallegos to resign immediately rather than wait out a four-month notice period was approved Friday by the agency's Executive Committee.

The embattled Gallegos announced his intention to resign last week. This Monday, however, he requested a waiver of a provision in his employment contract that he would give 120 days notice of a resignation. The committee approved the request Friday.

“Gary Gallegos’ departure from SANDAG is a big loss for our region, but his decision to step down will allow the Board to move forward with enhancing our regional mobility future,” said SANDAG Chair and County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “Our County has benefited tremendously from his talent at attracting federal and state grant funding, and building effective collaboration among stakeholders. His leadership is widely respected from the hallways of Washington, D.C. to our partners in Mexico.”

The committee has placed the chief deputy executive director in charge while he board considers steps to replacing Gallegos. 

SANDAG has come under intense criticism since it was learned that staff knew of faulty revenue projections associated with Measure A, a proposition to raise the countywide sales tax by a half-cent to fund transportation and environmental projects, but failed to inform board members or the public before the vote.

Measure A fell short of the two-thirds support necessary for passage in last November's election.

A recent investigation by an Orange County law firm commissioned by SANDAG primarily delved into details of the failed economic forecast but also found that agency executives ordered the deletion of documents related to the issue that were less than 60 days old.

SANDAG is also the subject of state legislation that would modify certain governance procedures.

The members of the organization's Executive Committee also discussed how to best implement the recommendations from the investigative report, and a considered a proposal to place its own reform measure before voters next year. 

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