George Dixon III

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THE CITY OF WESTLAKE

The RTA board has a new president, but it came after a surprise announcement from another candidate. 

Valarie McCall, Cleveland’s chief of government affairs, had earlier submitted a letter asking the Regional Transit Authority to consider her for either president or vice president. But she suddenly withdrew from consideration at an RTA meeting today, saying the board wasn’t taking its problems seriously.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, May 23:

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An investigation by the Greater Cleveland RTA board has found former board president George Dixon was not entitled to almost a million dollars in health benefits he never paid for.

Dixon first enrolled in RTA’s insurance policy when he became board president in 1994. During the next 24 years, Dixon racked up $130,000 in unpaid premiums. From 2003 to 2018, his policy additionally paid out more than $900,000 in medical claims.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, May 16: