- The Washington Times - Monday, June 10, 2013

A former official of the Bay Area Rapid Transit raked in more than $333,000 last year without working a single day after she resigned under pressure in May 2011.

Dorothy Dugger, the BART’s former general manager, quietly stayed on the payroll, burning off nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits for more than 19 months after she agreed to quit more than two years ago, San Jose Mercury News reported.

The months of extra pay were in addition to the $920,000 Ms. Dugger was paid to leave after the BART’s board botched an effort to fire her by violating public meetings laws, San Jose Mercury News reported.

“Wow,” said James Fang, who tried to oust Ms. Dugger. “She was still on the payroll? I did not know this. It’s startling.”

The former manager cashed in more than 3,100 vacation hours saved during her 20 years with BART, the report said.

BART board member Robert Raburn said Ms. Dugger’s windfall proves the system is flawed.

“We should be able to control it,” he said of accrued vacation time. “It should be use it or lose it.”

Ms. Dugger told San Jose Mercury News that the money is rightfully hers.

“It was time [off] I earned my whole career at BART,” she said, adding, “I think BART’s track record on fiscal management is quite solid.”

When asked by the paper if she thought the payout was fair to BART riders, she said: “That’s a fair issue to debate.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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