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Girl Scout Leader Quits Under Fire

The executive director of the Inland Empire Girl Scouts Council is resigning after a year marred by infighting and controversy.

A grass-roots organization that wanted Judy Edlund fired is applauding the move, while Girl Scout officials say Edlund is simply leaving to take a better job.

“We’re real excited for her,” said council President Judith Frigon, adding that Edlund wasn’t pressured to leave.

Volunteers who’d been complaining about Edlund’s performance as a director disagreed.

“I think she was pressured to resign,” said Nancy Roe. “We’ve been hoping and praying for this.”

Edlund, who earned nearly $50,000 in 1994, did not return telephone calls for comment.

On Monday, an interim director from Girl Scouts USA will take over until a permanent replacement is found.

The temporary director, Donna Lowry, will help conduct a nationwide search for a new executive director. Edlund, meanwhile, will become executive director at a larger Girl Scout council in Fresno, Calif.

In recent months, Edlund faced a hostile group of volunteers who were angry about everything from the way money is handled to the way cookies are sold.

They complained publicly about poor leadership and secrecy among board members.

Girl Scout officials said the disruption began shortly after Edlund fired an 11-year employee last spring.

Girl Scout USA officials intervened and appointed a committee of volunteers that is working this summer to get the 18-county council back on track.

The council includes 4,400 girls and 1,500 volunteers.

, DataTimes


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