PADS names new executive director
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2013 10:04PM
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:47AM
Some eight months after its former executive director abruptly resigned, South Suburban PADS announced Tuesday that it has named a replacement.
The Chicago Heights-based organization, which works to aid the homeless, said its board approved the hiring of Geraldine Palmer, who started work Monday. She previously was executive director of North Side Housing and Supportive Services in Chicago since December 2008.
In January, Mike Wasserberg, who had headed PADS for about 20 years, parted ways with the social service agency. At the time, neither PADS nor Wasserberg revealed details of the split, such as whether he had left on his own or was forced out.
The Rev. Henry Roberts, chairman of the PADS board, described it as a personnel matter and that Wasserberg had done nothing “illegal or inappropriate.”
In a news release announcing Palmer’s hiring, PADS said it conducted an extensive national search, and that Palmer’s hiring “signals a fresh focus on guest services, housing and advocacy for individuals experiencing homelessness in the Chicago Southland.”
PADS said Michael Cobb — its assistant director who had served as interim executive director following Wasserberg’s departure — had chosen to leave the agency to accept a position elsewhere.