Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Caylor leaving CASA, agency moving to hire new director

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 10/10/2012

CASA’s search for a new executive director should enter the interview process in the next seven to 10 days, the organization’s board president said Tuesday.

Sara Caylor plans to step down at the end of November as executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates for the 4th Judicial District, which includes Franklin County.

CASA’s search for a new executive director should enter the interview process in the next seven to 10 days, the organization’s board president said Tuesday.

Sara Caylor plans to step down at the end of November as executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates for the 4th Judicial District, which includes Franklin County.

The deadline for applying for the executive director’s position was Tuesday. CASA is a non-profit organization that advocates for children involved in the court system because of abuse or neglect.

“We hope to begin interviewing candidates in the next week to week and a half,” Peg Pearson, CASA board president, said. “We would like to have the new executive director hired by Nov. 1.”

Applications still were being compiled Tuesday, so Pearson said she didn’t know the total number of applicants.

“I’ve seen several, but I know there are more,” she said.

The interview panel will include CASA board members, as well as judges Kevin Kimball and Taylor Wine, Pearson said.

Caylor said she plans to obtain her master’s degree in social work from either Washburn University in Topeka or the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Caylor has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Washburn.

“My husband and I are goal-setters, and we decided I would return to get my master’s degree once both of the kids were in school,” Caylor said. “I have been executive director for 11 years, and this is a good time to hand it off to someone else.”

Caylor said she did not have a timetable for completing her master’s degree.

“I plan to take my time and soak up the information, rather than drinking from the firehose,” she said.

Caylor said she would not be walking away from CASA.

“It’s a wonderful organization, and leaving will be very difficult,” Caylor said. “I plan to continue to serve [CASA] as a volunteer.”

Caylor also said she timed her last day for the end of November so she would be available to help the new executive director become acclimated to the position.

Pearson said it would be difficult to see Caylor leave her post.

“[Caylor] is very familiar with the job, and she is very good at what she does,” Pearson said.

Doug Carder is senior writer for The Herald. Email him at dcarder@ottawaherald.com

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