Duncan Calls for Leggett to Relieve Dise of Duties

Doug Duncan at Silver Spring Transit Center on March 6.  Photo | Doug Duncan for Montgomery County Executive

Doug Duncan stands in front of the Silver Spring Transit Center earlier this year.

Doug Duncan, a democratic candidate in the race for County Executive, sent a letter, dated May 29, to County Executive Isiah Leggett asking to him to fire the county’s general services director.

“Last week, the Inspector General released a report that confirmed what every other review of the Silver Spring Transit Center has found – the County’s management of this project has been an unmitigated disaster,” said Duncan in the letter. “I am writing to urge you to hold the manager of this project accountable and relieve General Services Director David Dise of his duties, effective immediately. The taxpayers of Montgomery County – and the commuters of Silver Spring – deserve nothing less.”

According to Duncan, “it’s time for someone to be held accountable.”

Leggett responded to Duncan’s email the same day.

“If I thought Mr. Dise was responsible for the flaws and resulting delays in the Silver Spring Transit Center, he would be gone already,” Leggett wrote. “David Dise is a skilled and dedicated public servant with a lifetime of experience managing projects, before this for Fairfax County and now for Montgomery. He recommended further inspections and pushed to address the challenges posed by the faulty contractors’ work and to move forward on the fixes needed. Under his leadership, the Department of General Services has successfully completed 33 projects under the last eight years, with another 11 in the pipeline to be finished in the next year — despite the fiscal challenges of the Great Recession.”

Leggett said he will not open the Transit Center until it is safe to do so. “The County will deliver a facility to Metro that is safe and will meet its projected 50-year life,” Leggett said. “You can play politics on this if you want. I am not going to let politics get in the way of safety, getting this Transit Center open for commuters or protecting the interests of County taxpayers, period.”

You can read the entire text of Duncan’s letter and Leggett’s response below:

Letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett from Doug Duncan dated May 29, 2014


Letter to Doug Duncan from County Executive Isiah Leggett dated May 29, 2014

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