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LeBan resigns

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Terry LeBan has resigned her position as executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority after eight years with the agency, the board announced Thursday.

LeBan notified the board of directors Monday, and the board acted on the action the following day, Chairwoman Deb Howard said Thursday.

“Please consider this authorization for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority to terminate my employment. Based on my current physical and mental disability status, I am unable to determine a return date,” LeBan said in a statement released by the board.

Howard denied the board asked for LeBan’s resignation prior to her decision to terminate employment. LeBan concurred.

Board President Howard called the situation a tragic incident that led to LeBan’s “own decision.”

LeBan was injured Nov. 19 in a car crash on Kingsbury Grade that killed her co-worker, friend and neighbor Debra Kirk, LTVA’s controller.

LeBan fractured her back and complains of experiencing severe psychological trauma from the tragedy, she said Thursday.

“My recovery period is indefinite. And they need to get fully functional. It’s not fair to the board to wait,” she said.

The LTVA board plans to hold a special meeting Jan. 10 to discuss its recruitment plans.

In the meantime, the LTVA staff — including Programs Director Sue Barton — has been handling the workload until the vacancy is filled.

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