Emergency Food Bank CEO Fired After 5 Months
Rick Brewer was dismissed Thursday as chief executive officer of the Stockton/San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank, just a few days more than five months after he was named to the post.
Brewer was named CEO in April, following the murder of Michael Donaghy on Jan. 2 as he checked on his rental property; a 17-year-old male suspect was arrested shortly after the slaying.
“I truly enjoyed getting to know and work alongside the Food Bank staff, all of whom do their very best to provide food to low income residents of our community who really need it,” Brewer said in a statement Tuesday. “I also enjoyed connecting with leaders of various other nonprofit and public organizations who are likewise working for the betterment of Stockton and San Joaquin County residents. I hope to find other opportunities that will allow me to continue my efforts to support the less fortunate in our area.”
Board President Susanne St. Clair said she was unable to comment on the decision to fire Brewer.
She said the board will begin an immediate search for a permanent director and is weighing its options for an interim.
“The full-time person will be somebody who has experience in operations management, working with the community, fundraising, typical roles for an executive director for a nonprofit,” St. Clair said.
Brewer, 51, had a background in newspapers and public relations. A lifelong resident of Stockton, he studied broadcast journalism at San Francisco State University, worked as a staff writer at The Record and in media relations at the Stockton Unified School District and at Sacramento City College. He also taught college courses in mass communications.
His dismissal means the Food Bank will be searching for its third permanent full-time leader since Rebeca Knodt’s resignation in May 2014.
She was followed by Former Stockton Police Chief Wayne Hose, who served as interim executive director for four months before Mario Supnet was hired as executive director in September 2014. Supnet was fired in May 2016.
Former Stockton Fire Deputy Chief Ray Call served as interim executive director until Donaghy was hired in June 2016. Call returned to the interim post in January, following Donaghy’s death and until Brewer was hired in April.
The Emergency Food Bank, which is planning a 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, provides food for 300 people a day. In 2017, the agency distributed food to 78,000 people.