Co-op Board Issues Another Statement to Members


Boise Co-op sent three communications to its members over the course of three days. One of them was traditional: tips on gluten-free products, announcing new cooking classes and the latest from the wine shop. Two were carefully crafted responses to the melodrama that has gripped the North End landmark since the abrupt firing of store manager Ken Kavanagh.

"I'm not perfect. I've made mistakes," Kavanaugh told Citydesk, though he said he was shocked when two board members told him he was out last Thursday.

One of the board members, Gary Lyons, has since taken over as interim manager. Lyons has not responded to repeated attempts of contact by Citydesk. Instead, the co-op board has two responses to its members.

On Friday, the board extended "thanks to Ken Kavanagh for his vision in creating, nurturing and building the Co-op to its current position as a major contributor to the Treasure Valley community."

But on Sunday, the board sent another communication to its members, saying Kavanagh had fully supported an effort to plan for his successor. However, the letter stated, "More recently ... Mr. Kavanagh's actions adversely impacted the process and he engaged in both personal and professional conduct that was inconsistent with our vision of what is required as a president and store manager of the Co-op. As a result, the Board lost confidence in his judgment and in his ability to constructively continue with the Co-op. Additionally, certain management and personal decisions made by Mr. Kavanagh, including impeding the Board's own review and investigation of his actions, were not consistent with the Co-op's values and could potentially create legal exposure."

[UPDATE: This article has been amended to correct a name misspelling.]