Stephenson County, Illinois — Come to Freeport and Stephenson County and meet all the wonderful people, you’ll often hear the leaders of our community tell you. We take care of our own, we watch out for one another and we’re not just partly in when it comes to caring for our community around here, we’re all in they’ll say.
Turns out, they’ll also fire you like a dog after 28 years of community service as well and yes, just like that too. No notice, no warning, no time to prepare for another job or figure out where else you might get income either. The attorney enters the room, asks you to gather your things and in a matter of moments, you are escorted out the door.
That’s pretty much just what happened to the Executive Director of the Stephenson County Visitors Center on Wednesday. She was at work just like she’s been doing over the past 28 years and in walks a SCVB board member with an attorney and surprise surprise, you’re fired. Grab your things, you have to go.
On late Wednesday afternoon, Sorn posted on her Facebook page that she is no longer employed by the Visitor Bureau. Sorn told the newspaper that chairman of the board Evan Talbert and a Rockford attorney gave her the news around 1 p.m..
The feedback from the community after hearing the news?
- Stunned and dismayed.
- This is shocking!
- Shocked….and so sorry to hear this. I’m speechless.
- A true professional and esteemed advocate for my dear home county of Stephenson
- Devastating news for you and our community
- Another stupid decision by the area personnel
- A very bad turn of events for Freeport
While we do not know why Sorn was fired, it doesn’t appear to be for any foul play on Sorn’s part. It simply appears that someone felt a change was in order and apparently, this was the best way to go about it they felt.
We’ve had other changes recently too.
Like Tiffany Nieman leaving the United Way, Larry Williams and Andra Taylor leaving the Housing Authority under rumors of crazy board member activity and now, Connie Sorn gets fired after lunch on a Wednesday.
You ever get the stench in your nose that something’s rotten in Denmark? That feeling in your gut that things just aren’t quite right? We’re getting that feeling and the manner of Sorn’s firing isn’t helping the matter.
Regardless of what you may personally feel of the job Sorn has done over the past 3 decades, you would just think that after 28 years of public service, in a field centered around the positive aspects of our community, that letting the person know you will no longer need their services could be done in a more thankful, respectful and classy manner. Did they think she might walk off with the life size statue of Pat Gillespie?
You just don’t think the firing of a person like that would be done so disrespectfully. It certainly doesn’t leave a bright spot on our community from a “hey, come work here” stance. Come help us grow, give us your all and when we’re done with you, we’ll drop you like a bad habit, no thank you’s needed.
What’s next at the Visitors Center? We’re not sure. A new Executive Director will be in order we’re sure and as far as the rest of it or what happens next, we’ll all just have to wait and see.
Just, if you call out to the Stephenson County Visitors Center to reach Connie, heads up, she won’t be there.