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Leadership change announced at Crisis Services

Crisis Services has a new boss today following the abrupt dismissal of its former executive director.

Doug Fabian was the face of the agency a week ago for a news conference on severe cuts in state payments to Crisis Services. Late Sunday afternoon, the agency sent out a news release announcing the appointment of an interim director, former Associate Director Jessica Pirro.

Board President Scott Atwater says he can't explain the reasons, saying board meetings are confidential.

"When we do have a time frame, we will make that public. But, the board currently has not decided on that time frame," Atwater explained.

"Miss Pirro certainly would be a candidate for the position permanently."

Atwater suggested there was no single reason for Fabian moving on, just a succession of things. He says the removal has nothing to do with the $300,000 cut in aid from the State Office of Victim Services.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.