James Powell will step down in June as head of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo.
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.
will step down no later than June 30, apparently without a severance package.
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.