John Redigan, 59, head of the Association for Retarded Citizens of Volusia, resigned after meeting Friday with executive board members.The board met with Redigan after a Daytona Beach News-Journal article Friday raised doubts about the validity of him being a Thunderbird pilot, a commander of a fighter wing, a prisoner of war and a Jacksonville Jaguars coach.Redigan, who served on the ARC board for five years, made the comments in an interview earlier this week, as well as to civic groups and people in the community.But U.S. Air Force officials stated he was not a commander or Thunderbird pilot.A Jaguars spokeswoman said he was not a volunteer coach.
And POW sites did not list his
name.Tom Besaw, chairman of the ARC board, said board members were concerned Redigan made the statements to others in the community.
Falling short of saying the board asked for his resignation, Besaw said the board recognized the information could not be verified and Redigan
"turned in his resignation."
...Redigan, who served in the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, officials said, could not be reached by telephone Friday.
In an e-mail Friday night, he
blamed the newspaper for costing him his
job.Redigan was hired as the agency director in October and earned $65,000 a year.When confronted with the discrepancies late Thursday, Redigan continued to insist he had been a Thunderbird, a POW and volunteer running-back coach for the Jaguars.He later said his resume should not have stated he was commander over a tactical fighter wing of 22 F-15s, but instead a chief in the inspection unit.ARC
officials said they tried to check information on his
did not list himself as a Thunderbird, POW and Jaguar coach, though some board members said they heard the same information from him.