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Published: Friday, 2/15/2013

Embattled WSOS head retires; new CEO named

The president and chief executive officer of WSOS community action agency, who has been on paid administrative leave since December, when he was arrested by Fremont police, has retired.

The WSOS Board of Directors Tuesday accepted the retirement request of Neil McCabe effective last Saturday. The board announced the retirement this week.

Ruthann House, WSOS vice president, was appointed acting president and chief executive officer.

In November, paramedics and Fremont police were called to Mr. McCabe’s home, where he was accused of assaulting and groping a female paramedic.

The following month, he was charged with gross sexual imposition and assault. His case is pending in Fremont Municipal Court.

Joyce Huntley, WSOS director of public relations, said Mr. McCabe was paid an annual salary of $105,019; Ms. House is paid $101,857. The agency’s 2011 990 tax form says Mr. McCabe was paid $94,023 in salary and $14,447 in other compensation. The form says Ms. House was paid $96,430 in salary and $16,225 in other compensation.

Ms. Huntley said everyone in the agency “always gets a 3 percent cost-of-living increase” in June.

The agency administers Head Start and Early Head Start for 800 children in Wood, Sandusky, Seneca, and Ottawa counties.

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