CLA names interim lead

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

With Mick Gleason’s recent election, and upcoming inauguration, to the Kern County Board of Supervisors, his interim replacement as leader of the China Lake Alliance has been named.

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Mick Gleason has resigned his position of executive director,” CLA Board President Jack Connell wrote in an e-mail to membership earlier this week.

“Mick was a plank owner in CLA. He shepherded us through our initial growing pains and made us, according to several community leaders, the most respected local organization in the Indian Wells Valley. For that I want to extend my deepest appreciation, and I look forward to his equal success as county supervisor.”

The board voted Oct. 25 to name Eileen Shibley as interim director. According to Connell, a permanent replacement will be named in the future. “She will carry us forward in the tradition that Mick established,” wrote Connell.

“First and foremost, I am sad to leave the organization,” said Gleason. “Each and every one of the directors is an outstanding leader and community contributor united in our common purpose. I am confident that the team still in place for this organization will continue to do great work.

“I am thrilled someone the caliber of Eileen Shibley has accepted the position of interim executive director. She’s a great find for the alliance, and I am sure she will lead the organization to new heights. I’m excited to see what she will accomplish.”

Gleason added that he will remain involved with the group, albeit in a different capacity. “I will still help in any way I can, and I think I can even expand the alliance influence into different spheres.”

The China Lake Alliance succeeds the China Lake Defense Alliance, which was established during previous BRAC eras to provide a non-DOD voice to educate leaders and promote the Navy’s mission at China Lake. The organization is open to community membership.

Story First Published: 2012-12-12