NORWALK, Conn. – South Norwalk’s anti-poverty agency will be led by a long-time employee for six months, a board member said Tuesday.
NEON (Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now) Chief Operating Officer Chiquita Stephenson will replace interim CEO and President Pat Wilson Pheanious for a term of six months, board member Susan Weinberger said in an email.
The expected appointment has been controversial. Pheanious recommended that Stephenson be appointed for 18 months, a plan that has been sternly criticized by Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Brembly.
Brembly sent the board a letter dated Friday, Aug. 2, offering DSS assistance in conducting a nationwide search for a new CEO and president. That offer included financial help with the search, and repeated his opposition to Stephenson being given a longer contract.
Weinberger indicated in her email that the offer was a deciding factor in appointing Stephenson to the shorter term.