JAMESTOWN – The head of the Eastside Family YMCA has been fired.
The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting Thursday that Max Martin was fired as manager of the Eastside Y, a position he’s held since 2011. The termination came after the Post-Journal ran an article in Wednesday’s paper focusing on a projected cut in funding for the facility, which provides programming for youth and families in Jamestown’s Hispanic community.
Martin, along with two members of the Eastside Y’s advisory board (Alfonso Pagan and John Watkins), were quoted in the paper as saying the facility was going to have its funding cut and as a result, would likely be forced to shut its doors.
Despite the timing, YMCA executive director Mark Eckendorf was quoted in Thursday’s article as saying that Wednesday’s story was not the reason why Martin was fired, but he would not disclose the reason for the termination, saying it wasn’t appropriate to discuss staff issues in the public.
According to the Post-Journal, a public meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Eastside YMCA, located at 727 E. Second St., to discuss the next steps for the community.