GLOVERSVILLE - There is no longer an executive director at the Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County.
The center's officials announced Friday that Executive Director Catherine Mueller would no longer have her job because the position has been eliminated in an effort to cut costs and keep the center open.
The center's Board of Directors met Thursday night to discuss their financial options and made the decision to remove the executive director position because it's the biggest item in their budget.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
The exterior of the Senior Citizens Service Center of Gloversville & Fulton County in Gloversville is shown Friday.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
The annual budget for the center is around $100,000. In 2011, Mueller made about $24,000.
"The biggest item in our budget is salaries. So we had to tell our executive director she was through, and she accepted that," Board of Directors President Eugene Reppenhagen said. "She's moving on, and we're moving on."
Mueller, who reportedly worked at the center since 2005, arrived for work Friday morning and received the news from three board members.
Reppenhagen said it's unfortunate the decision had to be made. Mueller was liked by everyone at the center, he said, which made it tough on the board members.
"But they've been aware for a long time that we've been on the financial brink before, and hopefully we'll never be on it again. I'm not gonna rule that out," he said. "Our concern is the viability of the organization and keeping this building open and available for those senior citizens of the community that have supported the community all their lives. They deserve what we can give them."
In June 2011, the board announced the center would have to close due to financial difficulties.
However, due to donations - including contributions of $41,000 and $25,000 - the center was able to stay open.
Mueller said she is looking forward to new opportunities, and said she knows she performed well during her time as executive director.
"I know I have given 100 percent and then some to this job. The senior citizens know I have given 100 percent to this job and then some," Mueller said. "I have done everything to keep the doors open."
The board will work together to take over the responsibilities of the executive director position, and board member David Miller will be main person involved with the tasks.
Miller said he would not take over leadership, but is merely agreeing to help out the organization's day-to-day activities until an administrator could be found.
"Hopefully, we will find a volunteer," Miller said.
"After we do a budget next year, hopefully we'll solicit some more funding, and at that time we'll consider hiring a new executive director," Reppenhagen said.
Moving forward, he said, the center will continue its normal hours of operation and look for community members to assist it.