The President of the Yadkin Riverkeeper Board of Directors sent out an email today telling us the organization will be looking to hire a new Riverkeeper and a new Executive Director over the coming months. It's an awkward email. All it tells us is that Dean Naujoks is GONE - which is certainly cause for rejoicing!
Scuttlebutt has been going around for about a week that Naujoks was ousted, although they're being completely mum about what it was over.
I sincerely hope the organization will use this as an opportunity for a fresh start. I'd like to see them hold meetings throughout the region, bring back all the people Dean Naujoks drove away, and talk about what the people of this area want in a riverkeeper. This is supposed to be an inclusive bottoms-up organization, not the one-man show Naujoks ran.
And, for goodness sake, let's not continue to harass Alcoa over Dean Naujoks' lies!