I-Team: Management shakeup at Goodwill of southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS - Goodwill of Southern Nevada is searching for a new CEO after an abrupt announcement in May.  Steve Chartrand, the CEO for more than 20 years is no longer there. 

8 News NOW's I-Team spoke to John Helderman, the interim CEO.  He is enthusiastic about Goodwill and the company's mission to help find jobs for the jobless.

"We're trying to help people have the skills to be productive members of society and really contribute," Helderman said.

Helderman declined to comment on why Chartrand is being replaced.

Vanessa Murphy, I-Team Reporter: "What happened?"
Helderman: "I cannot comment on that. I mean, I've been through HR training my whole career. You just can't talk about this stuff.  I like Steve a lot.  I just can't comment."

A letter was sent out internally in May announcing Chartrand's last day, but the reason was not released.  Helderman, a former Caesars executive who was on the Goodwill board since 2015 agreed to work as the interim CEO.

Vanessa: "Does this affect the community; this leadership change?"
Helderman: "No, no. We are still Goodwill. In fact, if anything, we are refocusing on the mission."

According to Helderman, a few years ago, there were eight Goodwills stores, but now there are 21.  Helderman also said there is an effort to find out how to run the not for profit more efficiently, improve revenue, and cut costs.

The I-Team obtained tax documents revealing six digit salaries for several executives and a nearly $300,000 a year salary for the former CEO.

Helderman said it's up to the board to decide what Chartrand's replacement will earn.

"It's a complicated job, Helderman said.  "You're responsible for a lot of people, and I think, if you ask me, we are paying the minimum necessary to get the talent that you have to have at that job."

There is a national search for a CEO.  Helderman has signed on for 90 days.


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