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Chuck Grobe to take helm of Advocates Crisis Support Services

Former Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe stepped down this week as executive director for Advocates Crisis Support Services in Craig.
Sasha Nelson

— A Craig victim’s advocacy organization is hopeful a new executive director will lead the struggling nonprofit to new strengths.

Former Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe will start in his new role as executive director for Advocates Crisis Support Services next week.

“I think advocates is very important to this community. And if they think I can help to turn it around then I am willing to try to do that and believe that I can do that,” Grobe said.

He will replace former director Tamara Curtis who was one of three executive directors in the past 18 months.

Instability from leadership turnover was a reason Moffat County United Way’s Human Resource Council elected not to provide funds to the organization this year.

“It was a tough decision and was not easily made. They are struggling. They need stability,” said Amanda Arnold, Moffat County United Way executive director. “We hope that Chuck can come in with some fresh perspective and head that organization in the right direction.”

In 2014, two former associates were arrested, charged and later convicted for embezzling more than $450,000 from the nonprofit.

“I think (the struggle) goes back to the embezzlement that happened between 2009 and 2012,” said Interim Executive Director Kathy Bockelman. “We lost a lot of trust in the community. It made the director’s job very difficult.”

Since then the board has improved financial oversight by implementing new policies and procedures, but finding and retaining a qualified director has proven difficult, Bockelman said.

“We are very happy that Chuck Grobe applied. I think that Chuck has a good reputation in the community and a lot of skill and connections,” Bockelman said.

Grobe came to value Advocates in supporting victims and reducing the burden on police and the Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s been a rocky road for them the past three or four years,” Grobe said. “I’m hoping to bring stronger leadership to the position and more public outreach.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.


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