Lawrence Community Shelter’s interim director to resign; search begins for replacement

Lawrence Community Shelter, 3655 E. 25th St.

The interim executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter will soon resign, shelter Board of Directors President Thea Perry told the Journal-World Wednesday evening.

Charles Frager, who has served in the role since January, is planning to move out of state, Perry said. His last day will be no later than June 14.

In December, the shelter’s executive director announced her plans to resign, the Journal-World has reported. Sarah Jane Russell was the nonprofit’s fourth executive director since its longtime leader, Loring Henderson, retired in May 2014.

Preceding Russell were Steven Robinson, who started in the position in May 2014 and resigned that December; then Brian Blevins, who left the next July to take a position in Kansas City; and finally Trey Meyer, hired in November 2015 and fired in October 2017. Russell was hired in January 2018.

Various interim directors have also led the shelter between the permanent hires.

Perry provided the Journal-World a timeline for the search for the next permanent director. The job closes to applicants on June 21; first interviews will be held the week of July 1, followed by second interviews the week of July 15, and she expects to announce the selected candidate by Aug. 1.

In the meantime, Perry said, the board won’t select another interim director, but the board members are taking on some extra duties and the shelter’s assistant director, Kenny Yates, will be “making sure we don’t have any balls get dropped.”

A job listing posted Wednesday to says the executive director position’s salary will be negotiated based on experience.

Frager was the shelter’s director of operations prior to his interim director role. That position is also posted on

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