Two weeks after a majority of BART’s board of directors asked her to leave, there will be no vote today on the job status of General Manager Dorothy Dugger, a development insiders say indicates she is negotiating a departure on her own terms.
On Feb. 10, the board voted 5-4 in a closed session to oust Dugger, a motion later rescinded due to concerns that it violated the state’s open-meeting laws. The vote was expected to be rescheduled for today — the next regular board meeting — but there is nothing about Dugger’s job performance on the agenda of today’s board meeting.
According to several people familiar with the agency, none of whom would speak on the record due to the closed session and employment confidentiality restrictions, that omission from today’s agenda is probably a sign that Dugger will not officially be asked to resign.
Instead, they say she is likely working on a way to make a clean exit from the agency to pursue other work. With a majority of the board clearly against her, Dugger can see the writing on the wall, and being officially asked to resign by her board could hurt her future employment chances. Therefore, she will likely leave under her own volition.
If she quits, she will not be eligible for a severance package, but she could work something out with the agency to be duly compensated before departing, the sources said.