Top executive for insolvent state athletic commission resigns
The executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission has resigned two weeks after being censured for mishandling the finances of the agency that regulates boxing and mixed martial arts in the state, officials said Tuesday.
Executive Officer George Dodd has notified the board he is stepping down effective July 31 from overseeing an agency in turmoil for overspending its budget and facing a state audit.
Dodd, who has had his powers curtailed by the commission, made no mention of the financial problems in a brief resignation letter he provided to the commission. "At this [stage] of my career I feel that its time to move onto new opportunities and challenges that are not available to me here," Dodd wrote. "I appreciate the opportunities I have been given here, and wish the commission much success in the future."
Last month, the commission censured Dodd "for not adequately informing the commission about the insolvency of the Athletic Commission fund.''
The commission is a part of the state Department of Consumer Affairs, which recently warned that the athletic fund would finish the fiscal year that ended June 30 some $35,000 in the hole. The department warned that the spending plan for this year could reach $700,000 more than the $1.2 million in expected revenue unless changes are made.
— Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Wil Rosinsky and Kelly Pavlik exchange punches during a super-middleweight fight at the Home Depot Center on July 7 in Carson. The California State Athletic Commission oversees the sport in the state. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images.