I am writing to let you know that I will be resigning as general manager effective September 1. While I sincerely believe I made responsible decisions with regard to the sexual harassment matter based on the information available, I recognize that my presence will be divisive and distracting for our co-op at a time when we need unity. I believe our co-op is healthy overall, but we face multiple headwinds including an aging member base, an extremely tight labor market, a challenged local food system, and an uncertain outlook for our regional economy. After nineteen years of service, I do not want to be a block that keeps us from tackling these challenges with vigor and moving forward together.
It has been a true honor to serve our community in this way. I am proud of our work to serve customers and advance our Mission. Our co-op means so much to our community, as a retailer, employer, purchasing agent, social hub, community partner, and promoter of cooperative and sustainable business practices, and it has meant a lot to me to be part of that effort. I will miss most my coworkers who have contributed their energies and talents to something bigger: creating positive impact for the world in ways true to our values.