Anti-Poverty Agency Leader Retires In Durant - - No One Gets You Closer

Anti-Poverty Agency Leader Retires In Durant


DURANT, OK -- A longtime Bryan County leader stepped into retirement, amid some recent controversy surrounding the agency she heads up.

Big 5 Community Services executive director Carol Ammons, 70, says she is retiring after six years in charge, and employees held a going away party on Friday afternoon.

This month, three of the group's fifteen board members resigned, after a dispute over who should fill Ammons's shoes. "She resigned, she wanted to retire, but in the meantime we couldn't agree on her replacement," says former board member Carl Tackett.

Tackett says they wanted 33-year employee Beth Parker to replace Ammons, a 22-year-employee, instead of an outside candidate.

Big 5 provides Head Start, Southern Oklahoma Rural Transit System bus services, help to the developmentally disabled, and job training in several counties. Ammons says it currently has 700 employees and an $18 million budget.