By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
SC-WS board president David Robertson had told WSB on Monday that he was awaiting the center’s parent nonprofit Senior Services‘ reply to questions about Sisson’s reported firing by the organization’s CEO Paula Houston.
When we inquired with Senior Services, spokesperson Karen Bystrom would only confirm that Sisson was no longer employed, saying that otherwise, it’s a “personnel matter.” Robertson said he understood it had something to do with an e-mail Sisson had sent “voicing her concerns regarding points brought to (her) attention in the future direction and management of the Senior Center of West Seattle.”
Today, Robertson told WSB that the Senior Center’s board has met to discuss the situation:
The Board of Directors of the Senior Center of West Seattle met in executive session on July 15 to review the termination of Karen Sisson as Center Director.
The Board reviewed the letter of explanation it received from Paula Houston (CEO of Senior Services of Seattle/King County).
The Board also considered the long-term quality of Karen Sisson’s work.
The Board unanimously voted full confidence in Karen Sisson as Center Director.
As President of the West Seattle Center Board, I can assure you, we will continue to pursue this issue and I will keep you updated as appropriate.
Sisson had been with the Senior Center of West Seattle for 25 years. She has not yet commented publicly on what happened.
The center is a nonprofit facility with a budget of more than half a million dollars per year, one of half a dozen operated by Senior Services, and within that, one of two that own their own buildings. Some of the funding for senior centers, including WS, comes from the city budget.