by Sam Hieb
Interactive Resource Center director Will Howard — the focus of the N&R series on alleged abuse of the homeless —is out:
Executive Director Michelle Kennedy declined to say whether Howard quit or was fired, citing personnel policies, but she confirmed that Tuesday was Howard’s last day at the IRC.
In a series of articles published in June by the News & Record, many people associated with the IRC complained that Howard abused his power as assistant director to punish and reward clients and volunteers. Complaints also surfaced of inappropriate behavior and remarks toward women at the center.
Apparently the last straw was Howard’s request that a GTCC instructor who was teaching GED classes at the center be reassigned. The instructor was a source in the N&R series, and after he was reassigned, he contacted Kennedy, who he said was “furious” and would “handle this right now.”