Port commissioners may fire CEO

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SAN DIEGO — The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners was scheduled to vote Friday on whether to discipline or fire embattled CEO Wayne Darbeau.

Wayne Darbeau
Wayne Darbeau

Darbeau, who has held the job for about four years, got in hot water when he sent an email to Sharon Bernie-Cloward, the president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, asking if its members could help in his son’s search for a summer job. He withdrew the request when the message became public.

It was later reported that the son and his best friend had obtained a summer job with Pasha Automotive, a major port tenant, two years ago.

The tenants’ group is made up of hotels, restaurants and other businesses on port land that are affected by decisions by the port’s commissioners and executive staff.

In response to criticism about using his position to help his family, Darbeau said he was acting like most parents when he reached out to “professional and personal networks” to help find his son a job.

Port Chairman Bob Nelson disclosed that the board was reviewing Darbeau’s performance last month.

The special meeting is set for 2 p.m. at the port’s headquarters on Pacific Highway.

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