"I was extremely dismayed to receive the notice that the Commission was going to consider my dismissal this month. When the Commission unanimously appointed me as Executive Director in 2011, I accepted the position with the goal of bringing continued professionalism, integrity and steady leadership to our mission.
"I knew that expectations would be high from core supporters of the program. I also knew that there might be a backlash and a concerted effort to change the program from those who hadn’t agreed with the direction of Peter Douglas, or from those frustrated by the long-standing institutional independence of the Commission.
"I was well familiar with the controversy that often surrounds our work, but my hope was to depoliticize my position. I wanted to focus on our mission, while building a stronger agency with more capacity for problem-solving, partnership, and increased public accessibility. And while there surely is more to do, I believe I have moved the Commission forward on all of these fronts. "