After 15 years leading the San Diego Association of Governments, Gary Gallegos has announced plans to leave the agency by year’s end.
Scandal has consumed the agency for nearly a year after a Voice of San Diego investigation revealed the agency failed to disclose a series of major problems facing the agency’s sales-tax funded transportation program.
SANDAG last year went to voters promising a new tax, Measure A, would bring in $18 billion for countywide projects, even though its staff had already concluded the tax would bring in far less thanks to significant problems with an internal forecast. Staff brought the issue to executive leadership, who refused to act and did not disclose the issue to the public or the agency’s board of directors.
The agency is also running a $17 billion shortfall on TransNet, a sales tax approved in 2004, thanks in part to overstated revenue expectations on the 2004 ballot and a significant increase in project costs that agency leadership failed to disclose for nearly a year.
An outside investigation into the issue released last week, spurred by Voice of San Diego’s reporting, found that as the scandal unfolded, agency leadership encouraged staff to delete emails and hide documents so that they couldn’t be turned over in response to Public Records Act requests.
The law firm Hueston Hennigen released its investigation last week, and the board of directors voted Friday to review Gallegos’s job during closed session of an upcoming meeting.
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will he still be able to collect kickbacks on decisions he made favorable to the persons that put him in office>
way past time to investigate all the board members
This is a good example of the revolving door of government. Screw up royally and retire with a massive pension the rest of us can only dream about.
The rest of us can console ourselves knowing that we will be keeping him in the lap of luxury as long as he lives.
Looks like he's finally seen the writing on the wall . . . the one that spells "indictment, prosecution, conviction and prison sentence."
Gallegos' resignation is his attempt at a graceful exit from the scandal. This way he avoids any thorough investigation of his role in it. He will get a fat pension. I hope VOSD looks into the details of the pension and what the compensation will be. I suspect something close to his working salary, or perhaps even more with unused vacation time and other perks. At the age of 57 Gallegos will be collecting large amounts of public money for many years.
I presume he also got a pretty good pension when he "retired" from CALTRANS to head up SANDAG. Would be interesting to know what his total retirement pension from this state will be. Sounds like "Double Dipping" to me.
Why are Government officials allowed to retire. Usually with the understanding if they retire they won't be prosecuted. He should be fired now and then sued and live his life out as a convicted felon if the charges are correct. So often government is a good way to get rich, lead the good life and to retire early.