Girl Scouts put executive director on leave from job

April 05, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The executive director of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has been placed on administrative leave by the board of directors, but the organization's president has refused to say why.

The action was taken two weeks ago against Sherry A. Welch, who has headed the agency since August 1990.

Board President Marilyn D. Maultsby cited the privacy of personnel matters in refusing to say why Ms. Welch had been removed as executive director. She would only confirm that Ms. Welch is on leave and that the board of directors is discussing her future at the organization.

'no comment' until we have completed our discussions," Ms. Maultsby said.

"There have been no allegations, no words used like embezzlement," she said.

The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland receives about 15 percent -- $452,706 -- of its $2.9 million budget from the United Way of Central Maryland. Another 58 percent, or $1.75 million, comes from its cookie sales.

The United Way conducted its own inquiry and has concluded that none of its funds were misused. The board and employees have been told not to discuss the matter. But some board members confirmed that questions have been raised about Ms. Welch's hiring of the Mercari Group, an Albany, N.Y., public relations firm, to assist her in reorganizing the North Baltimore central office.

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