Boys and Girls Clubs CEO resigns over memo controversy

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BRADENTON, Fla. - The CEO at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County has resigned after criticism over a memo released by Marc Dosogne that was apparently meant to promote higher standards for the organization.

But many, including the Manatee County NAACP, felt the letter was offensive. The memo said the organization should not hire people who have a lot of tattoos, face piercings, or dreadlocks. Another line excluded those who've had children as teenagers.

The resignation was announced Monday and is effective immediately. Beth Work will continue as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a new CEO.

“We believe this is what’s best to move forward and return our focus to our mission of improving the lives of Manatee County’s young people,” said Chairman of the Board Mike Moschella. “Therefore, we accept Marc’s resignation and wish him well.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County serves thousands of children at seven locations around the county.