Martha Rose is out as Island Transit chief

Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, at right, discusses ongoing financial problems at Island Transit as IT board member Jim Sundberg listens. Dudley was appointed to the board on a temporary basis and made it clear he wanted Rose out. - Photo by Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times
  • Sep 19, 2014 at 3:51PM

The embattled executive director of Island Transit quit Friday after a tense meeting with the board of directors and an hour-long executive session. It was unclear whether the board asked Martha Rose to turn in her keys during the closed-door session, or even whether she retired or resigned. The board members voted unanimously — with Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson participating via speakerphone — to accept Rose’s letter of resignation. Afterward, Rose said she was retiring, not resigning.

Whidbey General Hospital Foundation new director excited to start

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When the executive director position of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation opened up, Helen Rideau viewed it as a golden opportunity. Having worked in fundraising for about 20 years in Los Angeles, Rideau said she was excited about the chance to move to Whidbey Island. It’s a place she’s gotten to know well over the course of a three-year, long-distance relationship with a Coupeville native, now her fiance.

Oak Harbor mayor, ousted organizer battle over rights to marathon Facebook page

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City of Oak Harbor administration and the former coordinator of the city-owned marathon are playing tug-of-war over a social media venue. Mayor Scott Dudley said he was outraged that Tamra Sipes won’t hand over the proverbial keys to the Whidbey Island Marathon Facebook page. He maintains that the city owns the page because she was under contract when she created it. Dudley said he will pursue the issue in court, if necessary.

School board president is new Oak Harbor Chamber director

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The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Oak Harbor School Board president and local businesswoman Christine Cribb was appointed as its new director, effective Monday. “We live in a phenomenal community,” Cribb said Friday. “I’m humbled and excited.” Her predecessor, Kathy Reed, was fired Friday, Sept. 12. The board met and voted unanimously to end Reed’s employment, effective the same day. The board has not disclosed the reason for the firing other than it wanted to go “in a different direction.”

Opinion

Now that Rose is gone, it’s time to focus on change | In Our Opinion

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After months of turmoil and calls for her head, Island Transit’s executive director resigned Friday. With Martha Rose finally handing over the keys, the process of recovering from IT’s financial mess and rebuilding the public’s trust can now begin.

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