Orange County Transportation Corridors Agencies head resigns after investigation into alleged misconduct
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – The California Department of Transportation’s Transportation Corridor Commission (TCDCTrans) is investigating several complaints of abuse and the improper use of a TCDCTrans employee’s government car.
The alleged misconduct includes the misuse of government credit cards, the over-the-top use of the car, and misuse of the car’s state-issued license plate.
TCDCTrans Executive Director Jim Buehner and TCDCTrans Chairwoman Linda Robinson will step down effective Thursday, Oct. 19.
Buehner is a former TCDCTrans board member and deputy chairwoman. Robinson is a former TCDCTrans board member.
Buehner and Robinson are also on the TCDCTrans Board of Directors but not chairs. The two positions are held by TCDCTrans Chairwoman Lenny Cram, who was appointed in September by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The public will be able to comment on the new executive director and the allegations against him through Oct. 19.
“I want to assure the public that the TCDCTrans board is taking this matter very seriously,” Robinson said in a statement.
“We are investigating allegations of abuse by a transportation department employee, and our investigation is taking a long-term look at the entire company. We have placed an experienced manager in the position of executive director to ensure we have the proper oversight when it comes to the safety of our employees and our customers.”
The new executive director will become the chief executive officer of TCDCTrans.
The complaint process starts with the public’s right to have their complaints heard.