Newspaper: Ex-Transpo CEO had $61K in travel costs in 2017
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The former CEO of a taxpayer-funded bus system in northern Indiana spent more than $61,000 on airfare, hotels, food and other costs before he was fired last year, according to a newspaper analysis.
Former Transpo CEO David Cangany also steadily increased his on-the-job travel expenses, from $10,140 in 2013 to $61,374 in 2017, keeping him out of South Bend nearly half the time he headed the city’s public bus system, according to the South Bend Tribune’s review of five years of public records.
Cangany was fired in December for mistreating staff, but Transpo officials raised concerns about his expenses a few months later. Officials had identified more than $3,000 in his travel costs that didn’t seem related to Transpo business.
Cangany currently works at Miller Transportation in Indianapolis. He didn’t respond to the newspaper’s multiple requests for comment.
The former CEO traveled to more than 20 cities around the world last year, including San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong, according to the newspaper. Cangany was away from South Bend 114 of the 253 business days in the year, according to his calendar. His employment contract entitled him to 15 working days of paid vacation a year.
Transpo gave the newspaper copies of its company credit card statements and invoices, and receipts from Cangany’s expenditures and his daily calendar, after the newspaper requested any records related to his travel costs. The reasons for some of the trips and any potential benefits for Transpo are still unclear, the newspaper reported.
The Indiana State Board of Accounts recently confirmed that it’s conducting its own review of Cangany’s expenses. The review is expected to finish by August.
Transpo officials are now searching for Cangany’s successor. The company has vowed to allow less travel and implement more oversight over whoever is CEO. Transpo officials directed the newspaper’s questions to their attorney, Jaime Woods, who said the State Board of Accounts has asked him not to comment publicly until the board’s review is complete.
Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com