The on-again, off-again retirement of former Pima Community College boss Roy Flores is on again, this time with misconduct allegations surrounding the former chancellor.
Six weeks after the college's Governing Board inked a deal to have Flores quit as chancellor but stay on the payroll until mid-2013, PCC issued an after-hours news release Friday saying Flores instead "will end his affiliation with the college" as of June 30 this year.
This latest news of Flores' departure - he also announced plans in January to retire by the end of 2012 but later rescinded that offer - comes shortly after the college began investigating allegations of misconduct leveled against Flores by several current and former female employees, the Arizona Daily Star has learned.
Friday's announcement came one day after the Star questioned college officials about the nature of the misconduct allegations and the status of the investigation.
"I am not in a position to comment about anything in this matter," board chairman Scott Stewart said Thursday. He said he'd received legal advice to keep quiet and referred questions to PCC's attorney, John Richardson.
Richardson, reached at his Tucson office Thursday, said: "At this stage of the game, whether there is an investigation ongoing or not is something we can't comment on."
Flores couldn't be reached for comment after numerous attempts on Thursday and Friday.
Four voice messages left at his Foothills home on Friday and two emails sent Friday to his PCC account were not returned.
The Star also tried to reach Flores on Thursday by requesting the name of his attorney from Richardson, PCC's attorney.
Richardson said he knows who Flores' lawyer is but wouldn't tell the Star, he said, because Flores' lawyer asked Richardson not to disclose his name to the paper.
Friday's news release, issued at 5:36 p.m, cited health problems as the reason for Flores' now-imminent departure.
That's the same reason the board cited six weeks ago when agreeing to let Flores stay on until June 2013 after he finished a sick leave of up to five months.
Flores has had health issues since last fall when he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. If he leaves this June, he'll be four months into his sick leave.
By leaving early, he also will forfeit the annual salary of more than $280,000 he was due to get under the board's earlier decision to keep paying him until next year.
College spokesman C.J. Karamargin, listed on Friday's PCC news release as the person to call for more information, did not respond Friday to six attempts to reach him for more information.
Karamargin did not respond to two emails, two voice mails and two text messages.
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