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Broome United Way Director to Retire

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The head of Broome County's largest non-profit funder of community services will be retiring in April 2016.

United Way Broome County Executive Director Alan Hertel said the decision was tough -- but necessary. He says he needs the time for his family.

Hertel, who has been executive director since 2008, said he planned to step down at the end of the year, when the agency's board of directors asked him to stay through the transition of finding a new executive director.

The United Way has formed a search committee to find a new executive director.

During his leadership, Hertel oversaw a drastic change in how the United Way directs funds to non-profits. Hertel said the new process focuses on specific needs of the community and more collaboration among service providers.

During the 2011 flood, Broome County asked Hertel if the United Way would open its call center through its 2-1-1 program.

Volunteers manned over 12,000 flood-related calls and freed up 9-1-1 dispatch.

Hertel said he may be leaving his role at United Way, but will continue to serve the community.