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Julian stepping down as United Way chief

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 3:20 PM

The United Way of Washington County is once again searching for a chief executive officer.

Exactly one year and one day after announcing Jerome Julian had been selected to fill the United Way president and CEO position vacated by the retirement of Lester Lattany, the United Way board of directors issued a statement Wednesday announcing Julian’s resignation.

According to the announcement, Julian will leave the United Way on March 31 and return to private sector employment with The United Company, a diversified energy investment firm located in Bristol, Virgina.

Julian said Wednesday, he notified the United Way board’s executive committee of his resignation on Monday and the committee immediately set to work on a search on his replacement.

According to Julian, a search committee was quickly reformed, a list of potential candidates was created and a post office box was established to accept applications.

Julian said his new employer has given him the next three months to assist the United Way in its leadership transition and he anticipates the search can be completed quickly.

“There are a lot of qualified people out there, a lot of good folks who can do this,” he said.

In a statement included with the board’s announcement, Julian said he was honored to serve the United Way.

“I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with so many dedicated board members, campaign volunteers and staff over the past year, and I look forward to continuing my support of United Way’s great work moving forward.

“I will use these next three months to assure the United Way continues the good momentum that we have underway, and assure that we find, train and transition a competent replacement before joining The United Company in Bristol, Va.”

The announcement clarifies that The United Company, a former coal production company that Julian said has evolved into diversified energy related operations, is not affiliated with United Way beyond its strong support for the organization.

Julian told the Johnson City Press on Wednesday he became acquainted with the company during his banking career and they came to him with the employment offer.

“I expected to do this for a long time. But they had a great offer that uniquely fit my background in financial. And and they asked me to be a part of their family team,” he said.

Gary Mabrey, president and CEO of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce and a United Way Board member, is once again the leading the United Way search committee and expressed appreciation for Julian’s year of leadership.

“We certainly wish him well in his new endeavor.” Mabrey said in the announcement.

United Way Board Chair Kim Holley also thanked Julian for “his for his time and dedication to United Way,” and wished him well in his new career. “Jerome truly has a passion for the wellbeing of our community and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work alongside of him,” she said in the announcement.

A certified public accountant, Julian came to the United Way after a nearly 30-year career in banking during which he served as president of TriSummit Bank’s Lakeway Area, Northeast Tennessee market president for SunTrust Bank and retail manager for SunTrust Bank’s Hamblen, Knox and Sevier county area.

Applications for the United Way president and CEO position may be submitted by mail to P.O. Box PO Box 180, Johnson City TN, 37605, “Attention: United Way Position.” For more information call the United Way office at 423-282-5682

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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