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2013 Top 12 Countdown: Interim NEON CEO dismissed

Then Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) Chief Operating Officer Chiquita Stephenson speaks to the Common Council’s Planning Committee in July.

NORWALK, Conn. – Today we bring you the 10th story in our Top 12 countdown – the 12 stories that drew the most page views on this site in in 2013.

Through New Year’s Day, we are rehashing our most popular stories, along with any updates, with a link to the original story. We are presenting them in reverse order; we began Saturday, Dec. 21, the 12th most popular, and are working our way to No. 1.

Throughout the holiday season, as official action slows to a crawl, we are taking a look back at what we feel were the biggest Norwalk government, school and social service stories of the year, and we’ll take a look ahead at what 2014 may bring.

Our third-most-read story of 2013 came Nov. 6 when, having handed out paychecks with no money to back them up, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) interim CEO and President Chiquita Stephenson was placed on unpaid leave of absence. The story began with a headline indicating the leave, but changed when the story was updated to “NEON to name new CEO.”

Stephenson, whose appointment was surrounded by controversy due to questions about her academic credentials and her links to past management that had left NEON’s finances a shambles, was dismissed Nov. 7.

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