Controversial email forces Boys & Girls Club Manatee CEOs' resignation

Manatee County, Florida – Following a controversial email to staff, the CEO and executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County is out after only six months on the job.

"Marc Dosogne has resigned as chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County," the Board of Directors announced today.

Dosogne's email outlined new hiring practices by the organization, which included not hiring women who had children as teenagers or men with dreadlocks.

"You may believe what he said but when you put it in writing, it's time for you to leave," said Commissioner Charles Smith, who is also a member of the NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Manatee County.

Even after meeting with Dosonge following the email's release, Smith insisted that the executive director be relieved from his duties citing a lack of understanding issues regarding diversity.

LINK: Dosogne resignation press release

The board of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County will conduct a search for a new leader.

Smith believes that members of the community should be involved in the selection process.

"Someone that may be more youthful to understand and diversity and not set in his or her ways," Smith said.

In the meantime, Beth Work, who has 34 years of experience working in the Boys & Girls Club movement, will continue as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a new CEO.


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