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Norwalk's Lawmakers: Mann Did the Right Thing

NORWALK, Conn. — This statement was issued by Democrats state Sen. Bob Duff, state Rep. Chris Perone and state Rep. Bruce Morris as well as Republicans state Rep. Larry Cafero, state Rep. Gail Lavielle and state Rep. Terrie Wood after Joe Mann left Thursday as the head of NEON.

The change in leadership at Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now is an unfortunate but necessary step that will allow the anti-poverty agency to more effectively serve the community. Transition is never easy, but we believe it was the appropriate decision for Joseph Mann to step down as president and CEO of NEON. We wish him well and thank him for his public service. His departure removes a difficult distraction and allows NEON to continue carrying out its mission of helping to improve the quality of life for low-income families living in our area.

We are confident that newly appointed interim NEON President Patricia Wilson-Coker Pheanious will serve as a unifying figure and strong leader as NEON turns this page and refocuses its energy and resources on helping children and families. Hopefully, this decision also eases the minds of parents with children enrolled in Head Start and those who are clients of the city's anti-poverty agency.

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