The Manatee Boys and Girls Club executive director has resigned after sending an email to staff that some considered sexist and discriminatory, the organization announced Monday.
Marc Dosogne had been on administrative leave for the past two weeks after writing the email.
Beth Work, who has worked with the organization for 34 years, will serve as interim director while the board of directors searches for a permanent replacement.
"We believe this is what's best to move forward and return our focus to our mission of improving the lives of Manatee County's young people," Board Chairman Mike Moschella said in a news release announcing the resignation. "Therefore, we accept Marc's resignation and wish him well."
The message Dosogne sent informed staff he wanted to hire for part time summer positions. It said the Boys and Girls Club doesn’t want candidates with dreadlocks or women who had become pregnant as teenagers because they would make poor role models.
"I am also not interested in people who can't take care of themselves physically,” the email said. “Please do not send any applicants like that to the HR office as you will be wasting their time, and ours."
Local Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Smith was among the community leaders who denounced Dosogne’s email and called for his firing.
“I didn't believe it until I read it,” he said at the time. “I didn't believe that someone would put that in writing."