Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Friday, March 30, 2018

RTA Board Chairman George Dixon Resigns Amid Health Insurance Investigation

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 10:08 AM

click to enlarge RTA board chairman George Dixon III - PHOTO COURTESY OF RTA
  • Photo courtesy of RTA
  • RTA board chairman George Dixon III
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) board chairman George Dixon III has resigned in the midst of an agency investigation into his health insurance. Dixon, who was enrolled in a health insurance program through RTA, may have failed to pay his premiums for years.

The board was made aware of RTA's internal investigation earlier this week. The trustees asked for and received Dixon's resignation Thursday.



Dixon, who owned and operated the Lancer Restaurant for years, was first appointed to the RTA board in 1992 and has been president since 1994. Mayor Frank Jackson will select Dixon's replacement.

Via an RTA statement, Dixon is the only current RTA trustee be enrolled in the healthcare plan. His alleged failure to pay premiums is unrelated to a recent prescription drug scheme that resulted in the dismissals and resignations of 10 RTA employees.

South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo spoke for the trustees.

“This comes as a shock to all of us who have known George for so long, and we’re profoundly disappointed,” Welo said. “Failure to pay for your health care would be a serious issue for anyone at RTA – particularly someone in a leadership position.”

The investigation is ongoing, so RTA didn't provide further details. Westlake Mayor and board Vice Chairman Dennis Clough will be leading the investigation. Welo told the Plain Dealer that the board will select new officers soon.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

August 12, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation