Muni celebrates Nat Ford’s departure with party, asks employees to chip in 

Departing Muni chief Nat Ford is leaving the agency in style today — and he’ll be getting a little help from his former co-workers.

Ford’s colleagues will be throwing him a going-away part today at the agency’s headquarters on South Van Ness Avenue. The event will include appetizers, gifts and a guest appearance from former mayor Willie Brown, who will be emceeing the event.

All 5,000 employees at the agency are invited to attend the event, which began at 1 p.m. And the lucky ones who can squeeze out time from their busy schedules are being kindly asked to chip in $20 for the fete, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

He said that absolutely no employees are required to make the donation, which is being requested so that taxpayers would not foot the bill for the party.

“This is a standard practice for any employee party,” Rose said. “We ask for donations for going-away parties, birthday parties, parties celebrating pregnancies. No one has to make the donation.”

And while it might be standard practice to give Joe the bus driver a nice parting gift on his way out the door, chances are he’s not leaving the agency with a cool $384K, like Ford is.

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