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Tuesday, October 09, 2012 1:00 PM

CASA to begin interviews for new leader

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer

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 today.

Sara Caylor said she 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 today. 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 this afternoon. “We would like to have the new executive director hired by Nov. 1.”

Now that her two children are in school, 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 said she 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 would not be walking away from the organization.

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

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.

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