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School Board Member Calls For Resignation of Ex-CAO Betancourt


Aired 4/19/09

A San Diego school board member wants to know what the district is going to do with former chief administrative officer Jose Betancourt. Superintendent Carl Cohn replaced him yesterday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

District officials are still not giving any details other than to say that Betancourt is still on the district's payroll, but chief financial officer William Kowba is now heading up the district's operations.

Betancourt recently pleaded guilty to federal conflict of interest charges. He violated the federally-mandated one-year “cooling off” period because he worked for a military contractor too soon after retiring from the Navy.

School board member John De Beck says Betancourt needs to step down.

De Beck: It’s all out. It’s already out there in the public. If the Superintendent doesn't want to encourage Betancourt to resign which I think it's the most appropriate action that could be taken. And if Betancourt refuses to resign then I will have to take some kind of position against the both of them.

It would cost the district close to $280,000 to buyout Betancourt's contract.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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