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United Way seeks public input in search of new leader

Tuesday evening at City Hall, the United Way of Central Carolinas will hold a public meeting for input on finding someone to replace former CEO Gloria Pace King, who was fired last year in a scandal over her compensation. WFAE's Julie Rose reports: First of all, United Way is searching for a new President - not a CEO. The United Way board renamed the agency's top spot in an effort to distance itself from last year's CEO pay scandal, and executive recruiter Susie Jernigan is quick to point that out. Her firm Sockwell Partners is conducting the United Way search free of charge and Jernigan says they don't typically hold public meetings like this, but: "You know, there'd been so much public comment about the United Way over the last 8 or 9 months, we felt it was appropriate to have a meeting or comment going forward," says Jernigan. "We're here to help people focus on what they want to see in the new leadership at the United Way." Jernigan says anyone from the community is welcome to attend the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 267 at the Government Center. However, they have asked United Way employees and board members to steer clear, so the audience will feel free to speak bluntly. Jernigan says some donors, volunteers and directors of agencies that get United Way funding will be interviewed one-on-one to round out a profile of the ideal new leader. Long-time United Way CEO Gloria Pace King was fired after public outcry over her $1.2 million compensation package. King has sued for wrongful termination.