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Mr. James H. Powell

Wrong James H. Powell?

Executive Director

Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Agencies | Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy, 24 May 2014 [cached]
Executive Director: James Powell | 419-242-7304
James Powell is to step down ..., 27 Jan 2013 [cached]
James Powell is to step down no later than June 30, but that's not soon enough for some board members at the EOPA. James Powell is to step down no later than June 30, but that's not soon enough for some board members at the EOPA. THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT Enlarge | Buy This Photo
Citing reports of unspent and improperly spent funds, and what some say are persistent management problems, several board members at a Toledo anti-poverty organization say they will use two federal reports that have come to light to attempt to immediately fire the agency's CEO.
Board members already voted earlier this month to force James Powell, chief executive officer of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo, to step down no later than June 30. He has been the agency's leader since 2009 and was deputy director from 2001 until 2008.
But several say their organization must get rid of Mr. Powell sooner if it is to have any hope of retaining its Head Start grant - the program for low-income preschoolers that makes up most of the agency's funding. The agency is awaiting the results of a re-competition for the program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce in the next several months if EOPA will retain the program, or at least part of it, or if another entity such as the Toledo Public Schools or a for-profit operator will run Head Start in Lucas County.
"Our first order of business is to satisfy HHS," said the Rev. Donald Perryman, a board member who favors immediately dismissing Mr. Powell to show the federal government the agency is serious about making changes.
An attempt to immediately oust Mr. Powell failed during a board vote at a special meeting earlier this month.
Mr. Jackson said the board has already voted that Mr. Powell must leave the agency by the end of June, and the board should move on.
"I have no disagreement that Mr. Powell's time has come.
James Powell will step down ..., 10 Jan 2013 [cached]
James Powell will step down in June as head of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo. His departure will give the embattled agency that runs Lucas County's Head Start program a much-needed chance to make a fresh start.
Mr. Powell has been EOPA's chief executive officer since 2009. He was deputy director of the agency from 2001 to 2008.
But Mr. Powell didn't go easily. The board offered a $50,000 severance package. Internal documents report that he wanted an additional $40,000 to $50,000 to step aside - outrageous, if true, given the organization's mission.
Fortunately the board, which had been split on whether he should be replaced, had enough. Mr. Powell will step down no later than June 30, apparently without a severance package.
EOPA could know in a matter of days whether it has retained the Head Start grant. However that federal decision turns out, the task of finding Mr. Powell's replacement should begin immediately.
E.O.P.A. Board of Trustees, 12 Oct 2012 [cached]
James H. Powell Chief Executive Officer, EOPA
EOPA Deputy Director James ..., 29 May 2008 [cached]
EOPA Deputy Director James Powell is now interim director of the agency following a 7-1-1 board vote.
Powell named interim director at EOPA
Rather than being moved into that slot, longtime Deputy Director Powell was told to report to the four-member management team, circumstances of whose appointments are in dispute.
Mr. Powell did not speak during the meeting, aside from commenting on routine EOPA matters.
After Mr. Gould's remarks, board member Norman Bell made the motion to name Mr. Powell as interim director.
Powell] should be the individual that we should put at the forefront," Mr. Bell said.
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