In the wake of a strip club spending scandal, the Port of Oakland reshuffled its upper management today and placed an executive at the center of the controversy on paid leave.
Acting Port of Oakland Director Deborah Ale Flint said Maritime Director James Kwon, who is still in China on a port-related business trip, was put on paid leave.
Kwon, port officials said, in 2008 expensed approximately $4,500 for a tab run up in a strip club in Houston. It has also been reported that Kwon expensed haircuts, wine, massage parlors and golf outings.
The Port’s management shuffle came after the Oakland Port’s director, Omar Benjamin, was placed on paid leave yesterday. The reason for Benjamin’s leave was not disclosed.