I found the following article, pretty much word-for-word, printed in newspapers throughout the US. Basically, the individual who oversees the nonprofit that is the private partner to the National Park Service in Pearl Harbor has been temporarily removed from duty while the board investigates the contents of a letter sent to the board presumably about the director.
Clearly the "letter" raised one or more issues significant enough to warrant the board's actions. And the board has taken two steps: suspending the director and investigating. Generally and without knowing the details, these are appropriate steps falling within a nonprofit board's fiduciary duty of care. And, it's great that a board member is representing the board to the public (the way I believe these actions should be taken). I would however pose that the lack of detail leaves much to be desired for public understanding. I would wonder that certainly, the national public has so little information it doesn't feel like there's a "here" here. It doesn't strike me that the media has so little to report that this effort by the board should become newsworthy.
And here of course lies a problem with the situation. Did the board really need to announce anything at this point in the process? What harm would come to the nonprofit if the board had kept silent until after the investigation was complete? Would the public respond any differently? I propose not thinking that now that the situation is actually on folks' radar, albeit briefly, there's little to be done or even considered. Hm...
Here's the newspiece:
APNewsBreak: Pearl Harbor nonprofit CEO placed on paid leave
HONOLULU (AP) — The CEO of a nonprofit organization that supports the National Park Service’s operations in Pearl Harbor has been suspended while the group’s board investigates allegations made in an anonymous letter.
Pacific Historic Parks Board of Directors member and spokesman Jim Boersema said Wednesday Ray L’Heureux (La-‘ROO) was placed on paid administrative leave last week.
L’Heureux said he couldn’t comment as it was a personnel issue, even though it involved him.
L’Heureux has been CEO of Pacific Historic Parks since late 2015. He served in the Marine Corps for 30 years, including stints as a helicopter pilot and commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, which flies the president. Before joining Pacific Historic Parks, he was an executive with the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Pacific Historic Parks runs a gift shop at the Pearl Harbor visitors’ center and raises money to support the USS Arizona Memorial. The Park Service relies on funds from the nonprofit to help maintain the national landmark, which is visited by 1.8 million people each year.
Pacific Historic Parks also supports public park and memorial sites on Molokai, Guam and Saipan.