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SANDAG Expected To Announce New Executive Director

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The San Diego Association of Governments is expected to announce its new executive director at its 9:30 a.m. meeting on Friday.

Details are murky about who the SANDAG Recruitment Subcommittee will nominate to the executive director position. SANDAG will finalize salary and employment term details for the agency's new director in a closed session, then announce the new director's name and take questions from the media, according to the agency's agenda.

SANDAG has been recruiting a new director since former director Gary Gallegos resigned in August 2017. Gallegos, who had directed SANDAG since 2001, left office after the release of a report detailing SANDAG's miscalculations of sales tax revenue from 2016's Measure A, which voters killed at the ballot box that November, and efforts to hide the agency's knowledge of its error for months.

SANDAG's executive director reports to a board of directors comprised of 21 elected officials from around the county and oversees the agency's staff of roughly 370 annual $1.3 billion budget.

The SANDAG Recruitment Committee is headed by SANDAG Chair Terry Sinnott and includes members of the county's six subregions including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas.


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