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The head of the Flagstaff Family Food Center, Food Bank and Kitchen is stepping down.

In a press release Wednesday, the food center announced that Steve Saville has resigned from his post as the organization’s executive director, effective April 15. It did not provide a specific explanation for his departure but did say Saville expressed confidence in the organization, which has expanded its capacity sevenfold since he took the helm in 2013.

“This is a mission-driven organization,” Saville said in his resignation letter. “The staff, board and volunteers serve this community with amazing integrity. The organization continues to be in good hands and is well positioned for future success.”

Prior to becoming executive director, Saville was recruited by Flagstaff Family Food Center founder George McCullough to serve on the Board of Directors for 16 years beginning in 1997. Current board President Jim Dykes credited Saville with guiding the organization through an important transition after it acquired the Northern Arizona Food Bank and growing its programs.

Saville has not said where he will work next but said he expects to spend more time with his family. He also plans to assist with the transition to new leadership.

Lindsey Spear will step into the interim executive director role, effective immediately. She started working at the food center in early 2014, serving as assistant executive director and then development director. The board is currently working to finalize a leadership succession process.

“Leadership transitions are part of every organization’s life cycle,” Dykes said. “While we are proud to look back on our accomplishments under Steve’s leadership, we are excited to have this opportunity to take stock of where we are headed and ensure we have all the leadership capabilities we need to realize our goals.”

For more information about the Flagstaff Family Food Center, visit hotfood.org.

The reporter can be reached at mmcmanimon@azdailysun.com or 556-2261.

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