A Cleanup Batter Takes A Walk

Last February, he seemed the perfect choice. A seasoned business executive who had overseen troubled situations before, William J. Popejoy was an Orange County resident, well known on Wall Street, and, best of all, he was willing to work for free. Who better to take on the newly minted role of chief executive officer of the bankrupt California county? Beating out the well-known turnaround artist Sanford C. Sigoloff, Popejoy was approved as the county's first chief executive officer by county supervisors on Feb. 10. Just five months later, on July 12, "with considerable personal regret," Popejoy submitted his resignation.

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