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Former Council President Young Out As San Diego Red Cross CEO

Tony Young as San Diego City Council President in 2011.
Hilary Andrews
Tony Young as San Diego City Council President in 2011.

Former Councilman Tony Young's tenure as CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross is over after a little more than a year, the agency announced Friday.

The Red Cross would not reveal why Young — who stepped down as City Council president at the end of 2012 — was no longer with the relief organization.

"Like many organizations the Red Cross considers personnel matters private and we do not comment on the reasons why someone has left the organization,'' the agency said in a statement. "Mr. Young has been the regional chapter CEO for approximately 14 months. We thank him for his service to the Red Cross and wish him well in his future endeavors.''


The chief operating officer will manage day-to-day operations while the Red Cross forms a search committee to select a new chapter head.

Young was elected to the City Council in a January 2005 special election to replace the late Charles Lewis. He became council president in 2010 and implemented the panel's bipartisan working model, which has been continued by his successor in the leadership role, Todd Gloria.

Young's City Council seat was eventually filled by Myrtle Cole.

Young remains co-chairman of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's transition team, according to mayoral spokesman Matt Awbrey.