Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Firing The Executive Director.....how much do you tell the public?
A case I've been following out of my old stomping grounds in Bozeman, Montana illustrates this point. Following the abrupt 'resignation' of the Executive Director, the Board chose a policy to not discussing the issue in public. Information vacuums are generally filled by innuendo, rumor and suspicon....which is what happened in this case. "I can't believe I had to call and beg you to answer ourquestions," shouted one volunteer at a subsequnet meeting Board members held with their donors. A fiasco ensued when the Board remained tight lipped and provided nothing but sterile bureacratic answers.
It will take years for Heart of The Valley Animal Shelter to recover...as well as leave lingering clouds over the career of former Executive Director Traci Weller. Openness and transparency would have prevented this...