ADA — Dr. Joe Braly was released from his position as president of Tri-County Indian Nations Community Development Corporation Thursday morning, according to Kevin Flowers, board chairman and superintendent of Stonewall Schools.

"The board decided to move in a different direction, and as of April 19, Dr. Braly's employment has been terminated," he said. "We appreciate Dr. Braly's services for the two years he headed Tri-County and the things he was able to accomplish."

While the reason for the termination remains confidential, Flowers was able to provide information about the person who will serve as interim president.

"Amy Elliott will serve as president for now and she will be our go-to person," he said. "Her duties will include public relations, coordinating events and directing." Elliott has served as programs coordinator with TINCDC since August 2004.

Flowers said the board's decision to find a permanent replacement for Braly would be complete by July.

Braly was contacted at his home about the termination and said he had no comment, citing confidentiality.

Among others, TINCDC's board members include Dr. Bill Pennington, Rick Chaney, Billie Floyd, John Martin, Charles Barrick, Lone' Beasley and Kevin Flowers.

(EDITOR's NOTE: Lone' Beasley, publisher of the the Ada Evening News, had no input into this story.)