Tenant Resource Center board rejects former-director Brenda Konkel’s appeal

November 25, 2018

The board of directors of the Tenant Resource Center has rejected Brenda Konkel’s appeal of her termination as executive director, saying Konkel was dismissed because of financial concerns at the center.

A former City Council member who announced earlier this year that she is running for Madison mayor, Konkel was fired by the board Oct. 26 and has said she was terminated without just cause. She could not be reached for comment.

According to a statement from the board, the Tenant Resource Center has approved transactions without sufficient funds, delayed payments that resulted in extra fees and failed to pay staff health insurance for extended periods of time.

“The board did not take this decision lightly, as we recognize Brenda Konkel’s significant service to tenants and housing-insecure community members,” board president Pearl Foster said in a statement. “However, we could not, in good faith, reinstate Ms. Konkel based on a review of the organization’s financial position. We came to this difficult decision with one thought in mind — our clients.”

The board was alerted to the financial circumstances by a staff member, it said.

The Tenant Resource Center will hold a membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson St., to discuss current finances and steps forward.

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