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Cook Inlet RCAC Removes Director


Kenai, Alaska – Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council held a special board meeting in Kenai to remove a board member from the Council. Robert Shavelson, who occupies the Environmental Interest seat, was removed for conduct that violated Cook Inlet RCAC policies. The policies are based on the premises that nonprofit corporation board members have an affirmative duty of loyalty to the corporation, which means the director must act in the best interests of the corporation and not the director’s own interests.

“It is important for all of the special interest groups, including the environmental organizations, to have a voice on our Council,” said Council President Grace Merkes. “However, each Council member is expected to adhere to the rules of our organization.”

Each environmental organization represented by Mr. Shavelson on the Council has been notified of the board’s decision to remove Mr. Shavelson. The election process will begin this October to provide each organization with the opportunity to nominate and elect a new director. The individual elected will be seated at the Council’s Annual Meeting in March 2011.

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