BRANDON — The Dunmore Hose Company is currently without a fire chief. Brandon Fire Chief Roman Wdowiak has resigned citing internal policy disputes and philosophical differences with the fire department membership. Wdowiak submitted a letter of resignation to Brandon Fire District No. 1 Superintendent Ray Counter following the annual district meeting on Jan. 13 and asked Counter to submit copies to the district’s prudential board. Reached for comment Tuesday morning, Wdowiak said the decision was clear to him. “It’s quite simple,” he said. “It came down to philosophical differences about what...

ANWSD SUPERINTENDENT SHEILA Soule resigned last week, effective June 30.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District is looking for a new top administrator as Superintendent Sheila Soule last week resigned, effective June 30. “My decision to resign came after a great deal of reflection with my family and friends and did not come quickly or easily,” Soule told district faculty and staff in an email on Thursday. Soule joined ANWSD as superintendent on July 1, 2018, after serving for eight years as the curriculum director for the Harwood Unified Union School District. She does not know what her next steps are, professionally, she told the Independent in an email. “...
VERGENNES — Bixby Free Memorial Library Director Masha Harris parted ways with the Vergennes institution last week after a little more than a year for reasons that remain unclear. Bixby Board of Trustees Chairwoman Paula Moore told the Independent on Monday she could not discuss a personnel issue. “It’s a personnel matter, so I can’t give you any comment. And that’s basically what I’ve instructed everybody to say,” Moore said. “She resigned her position effective immediately, and that’s it.” Moore would not comment on whether the board asked Harris to resign or whether it was Harris’ choice...

MIDDLEBURY — Recently hired Porter Medical Center President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the aftermath of a PMC board investigation into allegations he plagiarized material for a series of weekly messages to the hospital community. Dr. Choudhury started at Porter as chief operating officer on April 29 and took the mantle as president on June 1, when previous Porter President Dr. Fred Kniffin returned to his full-time responsibility as an Emergency Department physician. However, Choudhury faced some criticism late in the summer that his weekly emails...
If the story in Thursday’s Independent about the Porter Medical Center president’s resignation falls short of helping the community understand why he resigned, chalk it up to a culture that has diminished the importance of context and nuance. In this instance, Porter’s President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post feeling, according to a press release sent out by the UMV Health Network, that the integrity of his leadership had been so comprised he could no longer lead the team. What was the infraction? In eight weekly inner-staff emails, during the five months he had been there,...

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