Posted: Dec 4, 2010 6:11 PM by Matt Stafford
Care and Share Food Bank's chief executive officer, Deborah Tuck, had just explained the needs of the food bank to News First Five earlier in the week. By the end of the week she had been fired. Tuck was let go after only 13 months on the job, in the middle of the holiday season.
"We'd like to have stability and leadership," explains Richard Wood, Care and Shares Chief Governance Officer. "Unfortunately this was a decision we felt we had to make now."
It was a change Wood describes as a difficult one for the board.
"It's essentially a personnel and internal performance matter," says Wood, but he wouldn't elaborate any more on the reason for the change.
The timing is another issue. This is one of the busiest times of year.
"We wouldn't have made the decision if we would have had any concern about that," explains Wood.
Care and Share's operations officer, Lori Kapu, will take over the C.E.O. role for the time being. Wood says they'll be weighing their options for a new C.E.O. heavily come January. In the meantime they have a job to do; helping distribute food in 31 counties of southern Colorado.
"We're going to get through this transition smoothly, with no disruption to our services," says Wood. That's at least what they hope for, because they know they need is there.
Last year Care and Share distributed more than 18 million pounds of food, a number they say that's growing every year.