One of the toughest things about doing these investigations on the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. has been actually talking to its employees, especially President Carolyn Y. Smith.

But Smith, who was fired this week after we broke this story, is opening up to at least one paper.

The San Diego Daily Transcript has this interview with her today. It’s subscription only, but here’s a snippet:

Smith said she wants to continue helping the community, although she just smiled and said “no comment” when asked about running for public office. She promised that this would not be the last San Diego has heard of Carolyn Smith.

After the mayor and three council members called for her resignation last week, Smith said she did not oppose being fired.

She did not want to resign, however, because Smith said she did not want to admit to doing something wrong.

“I doubt that whomever they bring in the future is going to have that same passion, but maybe for the direction they want to see the organization go in, it won’t be necessary,” Smith said, noting that she is not considering legal action.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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