Danville nonprofit in search of new CEO

Danville nonprofit in search of new CEO

DANVILLE — The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency is searching for a new CEO to replace Dwight Lucas, who is no longer leading the nonprofit social service organization.

Officials with the nonprofit wouldn't disclose why Lucas is no longer in the job or when he left. Lucas did not return phone messages left Thursday by The News-Gazette.

Doug Ahrens, chairman of the board, said only that the agency is in a leadership transition and conducting a search for its next CEO.

"We do not comment on any personnel matters," Ahrens said. "We have a search committee that's working with a consultant and that process is moving forward."

Ahrens said the committee, which includes agency board members, does not have a timeline for filling the position. He said the compensation and benefits of the position will be determined by the committee. He would not disclose financial details. But according to the agency's federal tax return for the year that ended June 30, 2012, Lucas' annual salary was $136,325.

Here is the agency's federal tax return for that year. By law, nonprofit organizations' tax returns are public documents.

Lucas, a Danville native, has been the CEO of the agency for more than 25 years. Together, they've been instrumental in organizing and sponsoring the annual Dust Bowl basketball tournament at the David S. Palmer Arena.

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency was incorporated in February 1966, and the first service it delivered was a summertime Head Start program for children. In 1977, the agency began serving Ford and Iroquois counties. Over the years, the service area, services offered and number of people served all expanded.

According to tax documents, the agency employed more than 200 people in 2011. It received a total of $11.6 million in federal grant aid in the tax year beginning on July 1, 2011 and ending on June 30, 2012. The agency's total revenues were $11.9 million.

The federal grant money included more than $4 million for local Head Start programs, more than $3 million for home energy assistance for the low-income and almost $2 million for home weatherization assistance for the low-income.

According to records, more than 10,000 children were served in the Head Start programs in 2011, more than 7,600 residents received energy assistance, and more than 300 homes or homeowners were given weatherization assistance.

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Huh wrote on March 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm


Easiest way to become a mult-millionaire: Work for Federal Government funded Non Profit as CEO to "help poor people". In 25 years, he's made over $3 million dollars!!! Sounds like it wasn't enough for him.

Huh wrote on March 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Although is salary was quoted as $136,325, he also recieved an extra $17,000 in additional compensation that he reported on the same form. So, it was over $150,000!!!