Neighbors, Inc. president Kemp announces retirement

John Kemp, executive director of Neighbors, Inc. informed the board of directors of his plan to retire. His last day will be April 15, 2017.

Hired in 2003, Kemp guided the social service agency through some significant changes during his tenure. The Great Recession resulted in increased requests for Neighbors’ services beginning in 2008, and those numbers have only recently begun to decline.

Additionally, Kemp and his team were able to find, purchase and renovate a new office location without incurring any debt in order to continue meeting the community’s emergency services and support assistance needs. 

“John has led Neighbors through some incredible challenges and opportunities, ensuring that the organization remains fully committed to its mission and values,” Brian Counihan, chair of the board, said. 

The board is conducting a regional search for Kemp’s successor, and anticipates the process will take a few months. 

“Making the decision to retire was one of the more difficult decisions in my life, and once it was made, it was even more difficult to act upon,” Kemp said. “The 14 years I will have spent at Neighbors have been the most rewarding, personally satisfying and fun of my career.”


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