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CHIEF OF S. UTAH MENTAL HEALTH GROUP RESIGNS AFTER NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE

The executive director of the Southwest Utah Mental Health Association has resigned after a vote of no-confidence by the association's board of directors.

The board voted Tuesday that Gene Chatlin had "lost his effectiveness."Two associate directors, John Kliarsky and Karen Dolan, were demoted and will return to work Thursday at other jobs.

"The whole reason for taking them off the positions is so the new executive director can pick his or her staff," said Veon Smith, associate director for the Utah Division of Mental Health.

Kliarsky and Dolan will take a cut in pay when they resume the positions they held as program directors before Chatlin promoted them.

Kliarsky and Dolan had made accusations against Chatlin, said Terry Twitchell, public information officer for the Utah Department of Human Services. The exact nature of the accusations have not been revealed.

Board members said the charges had "little substance," but decided to proceed with the action anyway.

The board would not disclose what Kliarsky's and Dolan's salaries were as associate directors, but said they will receive less as program directors. Kliarsky will receive $46,788 per year and Do-lan $39,372 per year.

Interim center director Allan Hall said it should take four to five weeks to find a new executive di-rec-tor.

Chatlin said he has been in the mental health field for 30 years and will try to continue.

"I will take the next few weeks and try to gain perspective," he said. "And then I will try to seek a job appropriate with my ex-pe-ri-ence."

Chatlin had been director of the center since its inception in 1985. Before that, he worked with the Salt Lake County Mental Health Center.

The center provides services to residents of Washington, Iron, Kane, Garfield and Beaver counties.