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Former BART Boss Dorothy Dugger Collected $330K Without Working A Day

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A former employee of the San Francisco Bay area’s transportation system earned more than $300,000  the year after she resigned.

Former Bay Area Rapid Transit general manager, Dorothy Dugger, resigned in May 2011 but still managed to collect more than $330,000 in 2012 even though she did not work a single day.

Duggar stayed on the BART payroll for 19 months after she left her job and collected more money in 2012 than any other employee, The Blaze reported.

Dugger, 57, cashed in nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time and was able to keep getting paychecks and full benefits. After leaving BART’s payroll, she began to draw an annual pension of $181,000. She felt entitled to the money because she had compiled more than 3,100 hours of unused vacation time.

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“It was time I earned my whole career at BART,” she said. “It’s a cost of having the option” to save the vacation until the end of a career.

The value of Dugger’s unused vacation days skyrocketed after she was promoted to general manager because she was compensated for her time at a much higher rate.

“She was still on the payroll?" said James Fang, BART board member. "I did not know this. It’s startling. We have to look at this.”

BART riders are also upset.

“I hope it becomes a big stink,” said BART customer, Mitch Roland. “This is an agency funded by taxpayers ... They should have stricter controls.”

When she was asked if her lucrative use of vacation time exposed a flaw in the BART’s system, Dugger said, “I think BART’s track record on fiscal management is quite solid.”

Sources: The Blaze, The San Jose Mercury News