Feb. 24, 2018 — Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County (BGC) Executive Director Jack Davis has been let go from his position and will be replaced by Interim director Chuck Trent.
Davis was terminated “without cause” last Friday, Feb. 16, according to sources who asked to remain anonymous.
A statement released by BGC did not give a reason for the termination.
“The Boys and Girls Club Governing Board of Directors announced today that it has appointed Chuck Trent, past executive director, to serve as the club’s interim executive director,” the statement read. “Trent replaces Jack Davis, who has served as the club’s executive director for the past seven months. Davis stated that he was privileged to serve the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County and wished the organization well.”
Multiple requests made to BGC representatives to clarify the decision were declined.
The termination comes less than a week after Davis, along with BGC board members Harold Kinney, Michael Pearson and Jordan Nivilinszky, disclosed potential financial difficulties the club faced.
At the time, no indications were given by those board members that Davis’ job was in jeopardy. And while there were no accusations of financial malfeasance on behalf of the board or Davis, they did state the club was expected to be $40,000 short in donations in the summer of 2018 — a figure that had not been previously disclosed.
BGC expected to end the year in the black, but to get to that point, it needed to raise tens of thousands of dollars from projected donations. The $40,000 amount was a cash flow issue, though it is not a rare occurrence for the club. Last year, before Davis’ tenure, the club was also expecting to be short funds for the year if not for a donation by John Hardison at the annual BGC fundraising event Fraudville.
One of the main expenses for BGC is salary. While Davis’ remuneration was not disclosed by the club, it was more than Trent’s $1 salary during his first tenure as executive director. The nominal salary was a rare arrangement, considering the majority of major nonprofits in the area have paid, full-time executive directors.
It is unknown what Trent’s new salary will be as he re-assumes the role of interim executive director.
Though there was speculation that Davis was fired as a response to Facebook posts and a recent report in The Register-Guard newspaper regarding controversy over the inclusion of a 9mm handgun being raffled as part of this weekend’s BGC Fraudville fundraiser, Davis’ termination came days before the controversy, according to sources who asked to remain anonymous.
Davis took over the role of executive director on July 17, 2017, after Trent stepped down from his position to continue his retirement.
Trent first became involved with the club in 2014 as a board member during a tumultuous period for BGC, after former Executive Director Jonathan Hicks left the organization. At the time, the club was $120,000 in debt, which didn’t include the $30,000 it owed in back taxes.
“When you have the IRS come knocking on your door with their gold badge, that is not a pleasant experience,” Trent recalled in a previous interview.
Trent, along with the board and BGC staff, rebuilt the program to financial solvency with help from community donations of money and sweat-equity.
Davis had become familiar with the club while covering it as a reporter for the Siuslaw News. Trent, who came out of retirement to help guide the club to solvency, decided with the board that it was time to make the director position paid again. Davis applied for the position through a six-month process, and Trent remained on the BGC board until a few months ago.
Currently, BGC reports no major debt, aside from a bank mortgage.