Nov 16, 2011 6:24 PM by Andy Koen

Arc employees fired

At least two employees of the Arc of the Pikes Peak region were fired today, they say because they were sticking up for their former boss at a special meeting on Monday. Three people could seen removing boxes from the Arc this afternoon. A moving van was later spotted removing furniture and plants.

Brenda King, the former program director, has worked for the Arc for 20 years and believes her termination was vindictive.

"I think after the firing of Teddi Roberts, they were out to get anybody who had any involvement with her," King said.

Another employee, Thea Platt, echoed the claim. "I disagree with most of the decisions that the current board has been making and I guess that they feel like that is interfering with my job," Platt said.

The interim executive director, Christina Butero, declined an on camera interview because the firings were a personnel matter. The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region is the legal guardian for 73 individuals with developmental disabilities. Butero says there will not be an interruption in care for those wards and that she an another employee can act as guardians until they can hire replacements.

Teddi Roberts was fired from her position in August for misrepresenting her education credentials and using the non-profit's credit cards and tax exempt status for personal purchases.

Butero says the Arc has hired a replacement for Roberts and an announcement detailing the hiring will be issued tomorrow. A Colorado Springs Police officer was called to the Arc during the firings to oversee the situation for security purposes.

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