This article is by one of my least favorite columnist but this time I didn't mind reading his story. Howard Nelson, as you may know, was kissing up to the Whino, so I am not at all sorry to see him leave. From the sound of things, he walks out when it doesn't go his way. Sounds like a real winner. Read this article and then tell me who it reminds you of.
Posted on Thu, Feb. 12, 2009
PSPCA chief takes leave
By Stu BykofskyPhiladelphia Daily News
Just two months after wresting the city's animal control contract from PACCA, Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Howard Nelson quit late yesterday afternoon. His resignation letter cited health issues and "an environment no longer conducive to my success or the success of the organization."
Neither Nelson nor PSPCA Board President Harrise Yaron responded to several messages left for them on their cell phone and e-mail accounts.
However, Kevin Feeley, of the high-profile Bellevue Communications Group, did. Feeley was hired last night to handle questions flowing from the resignation.
Such as, was the resignation accepted?
Feeley says the resignation "took the board by surprise" and after a flurry of phone calls, it was agreed that Nelson would be placed on a leave of absence. His interim replacement is board member Beth Ann White, who will work without pay and handle day-to-day operations. The board is planning to meet, perhaps as early as tonight, to discuss what they will do next.
Nelson took the reins of PSPCA in March 2007 and immediately raised the profile of the animal organization, but at some cost. A couple of longtime board members were forced out, with one, former PSPCA President Richard Elliott, going public with his complaints that Nelson was a tyrant demanding "my way or the highway."
Those claims were echoed by former PSPCA employees who alleged that Nelson was tyrannical and ordered humane agents to operate outside their jurisdictions. Throughout the barrage of accusations, the board stood squarely behind Nelson, noting the good works he had done in tackling puppy mills and other forms of animal cruelty.
"Everybody need a little bit of time to figure out what happened, why it happened and how we go forward," said Feeley, who has done some PR work for PSPCA in the past.
The PSPCA board became aware only last night that Nelson had "resigned" a couple of times from his last job as the head of the Washington (D.C.) Humane Society only to be cajoled back to his job by the board.