Historical Society executive director dismissed

February 12, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

After serving six months, the executive director of the Washington County Historical Society has been fired, according to Lee Stine, president of the organization.

Linda J.M. Chatfield's last day on the job was Tuesday, Stine said.

"Basically, in plain, simple English, it just didn't work out," Stine said.

He said the board of directors conducted an extensive search to fill the position of executive director throughout the summer of 1998.

"We thought we made the right decision, but we didn't," he said.

Three telephone messages were left Friday at Chatfield's home in Williamsport, but she could not be reached for comment.

Chatfield took office June 1, replacing Marjorie S. Peters, who retired Dec. 31 after serving as the Historical Society's executive director for 23 years.

There was an overlap in the position from the time Chatfield was hired and Peters retired at the end of the year, Stine said.


The board of directors will meet Tuesday to "firm up" a job description before starting the search for a new executive director, said Polly Schofield, treasurer of the Historical Society.

She said the board is not yet accepting applications for the position.

Stine said Peters is "helping out" at the Historical Society this week. Pending board approval at the "emergency meeting" Tuesday, she will assume the duties of interim executive director through the end of April, he said.

"We hope to have the position filled by then," Stine said. "We're making this a priority."

The Herald-Mail Articles