It turns out the “he” hired by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission a couple weeks ago is Karl Cassell, director of the Jane Boyd Community House. But if you’re hoping to hear wisdom from the new executive director, you’ll have to wait. From this morning’s Gazette:
The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission last night introduced Karl Cassell, executive director of the Jane Boyd Community House, as its new executive director – then denied all interviews.
Cassell, 34, who was born in Liberia and grew up in Cedar Rapids, is scheduled to start his new job Dec. 15. He has helmed operations at Jane Boyd since May 2004.
Commission Chairwoman Miriam Amer said last night she would not allow The Gazette to interview Cassell because all of the paperwork had not been signed.
Cassell said last night he did not feel he could speak until after he takes office.
For those of us hoping that the new director will be a strong presence that could grab the reins and steer the commission out of the ditch, this was a disappointing introduction. Will Cassell he be a forceful voice for change or will he only speak up when when the commission allows it?
I guess that will be something to ask Cassell when the chairwoman finally allows him to be interviewed.