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June 14, 2011

Another ED Bites the Dust

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 7:56 pm

Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho is having trouble keeping its executive director position filled.

It fired Jim Brannon in 2009, ostensibly because the ED position was being abolished, shortly after Brannon had announced he was running for Coeur d’Alene City Council.  Word on the street was that Habitat board member and now Chairman Eula Hickam was furious that anyone would dare challenge Councilman Mike Kennedy.  Of course, Habitat is a 501(c)(3) and is supposed to avoid intervening in political campaigns, but …

Then in March 2011, OpenCdA revealed that the formerly abolished ED position had been unabolished.  Habitat had hired Marci Schreiber to fill the recently unabolished ED position.

Today OpenCdA learned that Schreiber recently departed rather abruptly after only eight months as Habitat ED.  That seems confirmed by Schreiber’s LinkedIn bio.  Her name is noticeably missing from the Habitat webpage as well.

It sounds as if Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho has a leadership problem on its Board of Directors.

4 Comments

  1. Libs, must I say more?

    Comment by Ancientemplar — June 14, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  2. That last name has a long history in CDA politics – behind the scenes.

    Comment by justinian — June 15, 2011 @ 4:49 am

  3. Ancientemplar,

    What concerns me is the deception HfHNI employed in firing Brannon. Clearly the reason that the ED position was being abolished was questionable at best, since just a few months later HfHNI rehired a new ED. Now, eight months later, she’s gone. Although HfHNI is not a public entity, it depends heavily on the public’s trust and confidence to fulfill its mission. It needs to raise money to build houses. The public, rightfully, is less likely to contribute to a charity which management or mismanagement has cast a doubt on its will and ability to spend other people’s money wisely. I wonder how many deserving people HfHNI will not be able to help because of a few people on the Board of Directors.

    Justinian,

    From what I learned, it appeared Ms. Schreiber had done her best to perform her duties diligently and in the best interests of HfHNI and its clients. That’s why her premature departure is alarming.

    Comment by Bill — June 15, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

  4. Bill,
    I believe you hit it on the head when you commented that she has “done her best to perform her duties diligently”. That doesn’t work in these type of entities, or for that matter government. Less is best. Incompetence encouraged, and perhaps even demanded. Go along, get along, and don’t ask questions.

    Comment by Joe Six-Pack — June 16, 2011 @ 10:42 am

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