Stockdale retires from Red Cross; new executive director sought

Stockdale retires from Red Cross; new executive director sought

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:39 am
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion County’s Red Cross chapter is looking for a new executive director.
Betty Stockdale, who served as the local agency’s executive director since just before Sept. 11, 2001, officially retired as of Dec. 31.
Mrs. Stockdale had replaced longtime executive director Sherry Braswell.
Mrs. Stockdale retired in order to spend more time for personal projects and to manage her Troy antique shop, Mulberry Memories, according to her son, Rob Adcock.
He has been overseeing the local office since his mother’s retirement and is also one of four finalists for the job.
As the interim director of the local Red Cross office, Adcock has been overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency’s many activities. The executive director’s job is a part-time position, as the office is only open to the public 30 hours a week.
Interviews for the four candidates are scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Obion County Public Library.
In addition to Adcock, also in the running for the executive director’s position are David Wheeler, Stacy West and Sheila Fuzzell.
Overseeing the interview and hiring process will be the local agency’s executive board.
Members of that board include vice chairman Shirley Orr, treasurer Polk Glover, secretaries Barb Sheppard and Dianna Guynn and new member Wayne Barker.
Raymond Phillips had served as chairman of the board until his death in August 2010. Glover is serving as the interim board chairman, according to Red Cross Regional executive director Bob Houget of Memphis.
He is scheduled to participate in Tuesday’s interviews and the hiring process.
It is unclear if the weather will delay the interviews Tuesday.
The local Red Cross office is located at 203 Washington Ave. in downtown Union City.
The agency is responsible for a wide range of programs, including babysitting classes, CPR certification, lifeguard and instructor training, military emergency calls, military deployment support, counseling services, Veterans Day programs, Christmas programs, fire assistance and disaster preparedness.
The local Red Cross office also maintains a food pantry, provides assistance to the homeless and partners with the local 4-H program to provide training classes for natural disasters, according to Adcock.
Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 1.10.11

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