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The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation board met Monday and decided to accept the resignation of executive director Scott Randall, who was charged with DUI and battery last week.
The board released the following statement Tuesday morning.
“’Last Thursday, as had been reported in the local press, LACDC Executive Director Scott Randall was arrested in Los Alamos on misdemeanor charges. In an effort to minimize any impact this might have on the LACDC, Director Randall promptly offered the LACDC Board his resignation, effective immediately.
“On Monday afternoon the full Board met to review the situation and voted to accept Director Randall’s resignation, despite his excellent performance to date. The Board felt that, whatever the final outcome of the charges, the publicity surrounding this incident had significantly impaired his ability to adequately represent the LACDC. The LACDC will immediately begin the search for a new Executive Director.”
LACDC board chair Bill Wadt said in an interview Tuesday morning that Connie Proulx, the business manager, will take over as interim director while the board conducts a nationwide search.
“The board is very familiar with her and she will be the interim director and the board has a lot of respect for her,” Wadt said.
Wadt said it was a difficult decision Monday night whether to accept Randall’s resignation.
“It was a very thoughtful and heartfelt decision,” Wadt said. “We considered whether to accept his resignation or not or to possibly suspend him. Scott has done an excellent job with the organization in the short time he has been here. That made the decision difficult because of his performance.
“But in the end, we felt his arrest and even if the charges were dropped would impair his ability to lead the organization. … I am very proud of our board. We thought about it carefully and everybody participated. It was the best decision for the county.”
Wadt said that Randall emailed board members Friday morning, tendering his resignation.
“He said the incident would impair his ability to serve as executive director and the board respected Scott for doing that,” Wadt said.
Randall emailed the following to board members Friday.
“As you will quickly be learning, I was arrested late last evening (Thursday) by the Los Alamos Police Department. The charges, both of which will be aggressively challenged, include: DWI (misdemeanor) and Battery against a Household Member (misdemeanor).
“I spent the evening at the Justice Center and was released on a bond early this morning.
“Needless to say, this entire experience was extremely humiliating and degrading to me personally. Professionally, this will be an unnecessary and unwarranted embarrassment to the LACDC and the fine work we do. In order to stifle this embarrassment, at least as much as possible, I will be offering my resignation to Bill Wadt, effective immediately. … My deepest apologies to each and every one of you.”
Randall was arrested by Los Alamos Police last week and he was charged with one count of aggravated battery against a household member and driving under the influence.
Randall, 59, was hired in 2013 and had an extensive resume spanning about 35 years, the bulk of which he spent serving as city manager in locations that range from LaGrange, Ill., to Superior, Colo.
Randall came to Los Alamos after working as the general manager for the Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association in Arkansas.
Randall was selected from a pool of about 17 candidates vying for the position as the result of a national search that attracted a number of local candidates as well. A selection committee comprised of both board and chamber staff members narrowed the field to a handful of candidates who were then interviewed by the full board.
While in Los Alamos, he was making progress in boosting the town’s presence in the regional business community. At the International Council of Shopping Center’s RECON convention, Randall was credited with making significant headway in toward that goal.
“The real motive was to get our name and our demographics and information about the community in front of people. It’s not even so much doing deals as it is establishing those relationships,” Randall said.
Randall is due to make his first appearance in Los Alamos Magistrate Court June 23.