Silver Key CEO in ‘pretty sudden’ resignation; no change in senior services
Silver Key Senior Services may have lost its CEO but not its way, according to Howard Black, chairman of the volunteer board for the Westside-based nonprofit
In an interview this week, he termed himself “the interim to the interim” CEO in the wake of what he de-scribed as David Shaffer's “pretty sudden” resignation Feb. 14.
The board is working up a replacement plan, which will start with hiring an interim director - probably within a month - then move on to a “thoughtful” search for a new, permanent CEO, he explained.
In the meantime, the goal is for Silver Key clients to “see no change,” said Black, whose main career is law enforcement. He's worked 29 years for the Colorado Springs Police Department and is currently a lieutenant and shift commander for the Sand Creek substation. “My direction back to staff has been to 'just keep it [the service to seniors] going.' I always knew this was a wonderful staff. After a week here, that's been reinforced 10-fold.”
A retired Air Force officer with a background in senior care, Shaffer had been with the agency more than six years and its CEO since October 2007. He had been hired by the late Mikki Kraushaar, who had worked with Silver Key's founders and headed the agency from 1971 to 2004.
Black emphasized that the board had not forced Shaffer out nor had any kind of strained relations with him. Although declining to give details from Shaffer's letter of resignation, he said the former CEO left for “personal reasons.” Elaborating in a general way, Black said, “These are tough jobs, directing non-profits. There are a lot of hours and a lot of work. You watch clients with incredible needs and Silver Key is a lifeline to them. When you carry that burden as a CEO, it can take a toll.”
Shaffer was not available for comment,.
Black said he got involved with Silver Key about three years ago through police work focusing on elder abuse. “I started learning about this incredible organization, and they asked me if I would sit on the board,” he said.
He was named board chair this year, Black said.
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