Monday, January 12, 2009

New interim Community Action Agency CEO announced

In Sundays Racine Journal Times, it was reported that the Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency has announced Jan. 7 that Robert Beezat of Mount Pleasant will serve as its interim chief executive officer, according to a news release.

Beezat will serve while the agency seeks a permanent CEO. He is temporarily replacing former CEO Tom White. The agency announced White’s leave near the end of November.

White has said little about being let go, but it is still not clear why he left the agency. A staffer at the agency said that his ousting had a lot to do with his firing of the Head Start director. The staff person also said that there has been bad blood between White and Racine County elected officials for a long time. Concern has been raised to whether the ouster of White was racially motivated. White, who once served on the national board of the NAACP, is now the state president of the NAACP and has served as the board chairman of the Racine Housing Authority for over 20 years.

In recent years much discussion has been made about White and the salary he gets as head of the federal funded anti-poverty program. The agency aids low-income populations of the two counties through programs such as residential weatherization, energy and rental assistance, food pantry services and Head Start.
White worked at the agency for more than 35 years and received a six-figure income as head of the Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency. His total compensation in 2006was $117,587 — $84,403 in salary and $33,184 in benefits — according to the most recent IRS tax documents the agency filed in 2007.

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