Fired Caltrans tech allowed to resign instead 

A state transportation technician who was fired after acknowledging he falsified safety test reports on California bridges and freeways has been allowed to resign instead.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/xu54V4) that Duane Wiles's firing was rescinded as part of a settlement agreement with the California Department of Transportation. Wiles had appealed his dismissal to the State Personnel Board.

As part of the deal, the 58-year-old Wiles agreed not to take any legal or administrative actions against the state or its employees or to seek future state employment.

Caltrans spokesman Matt Rocco said it avoids a long trial, which could have cost taxpayers more than $100,000 in legal fees.

Wiles was fired after The Bee reported that he had violated procedures while testing support structures for the new Bay Bridge span and had falsified records on other transportation projects.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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