Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Former IRS Commish ousted from Red Cross

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NEW YORK (AP) — The American Red Cross ousted its president, Mark Everson, on Tuesday after learning that he had engaged in a "personal relationship" with a subordinate employee.

Everson, the former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, took the Red Cross job last May as the charity sought to restructure itself after sharp criticism of its response to Hurricane Katrina.

In a statement, the Red Cross said asked for and received Everson's resignation, effective immediately, after learning of the relationship.

"It concluded that the situation reflected poor judgment on Mr. Everson's part and diminished his ability to lead the organization in the future," the statement said. It did not identify the other employee.