2013 Top 12 Countdown: NEON turns to the Rev. Tommie Jackson

The Rev. Tommie Jackson, interim CEO and president of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON), is pastor of Stamford’s Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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

Each day, through New Year’s Day, we will rehash one of our most popular stories, along with any updates, with a link to the original story. We will present them in reverse order; we began Saturday, Dec. 21, the 12th most popular, and will work our way to No. 1.

Throughout the holiday season, as official action slows to a crawl, we also will be 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 10th-most-read story of 2013 was one that was posted early Nov. 8 and was updated multiple times as Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) searched for someone to lead it out of its financial quagmire. Originally, the story was headlined “NEON plans to name new CEO derailed,” but morphed into “NEON taps the Rev. Tommie Jackson to lead agency.” This is one of four NEON stories to make our Top 12.

Two days after the NEON Board of Directors placed then-interim CEO and President Chiquita Stephenson on indefinite unpaid leave of absence without pay, the board met with the intention of appointing the Rev. Tommie Jackson to replace her. However, at the meeting, which was fraught with drama, board secretary informed the rest of the board that, earlier in the day, another board member had resigned, leaving the panel one vote shy of a legal number to do business. The board member was contacted, brought back into the fold and Jackson was appointed.

To read the final version of the story, click here.


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