Marty Ozer no longer executive director of Ronald McDonald Charities Northern Nevada
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
The board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada announced that Marty Ozer is no longer executive director of the charity.
The organization's board of trustees president, Brock Marquez, has been named interim executive director.
In a statement the charity wants to assure every donor, big and small, that the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada and its board of trustees is doing everything in its power to safeguard and grow its charitable assets.
In an on-camera interview Ozer said he was fired for several reasons.
He said he had sexual harassment allegations levied against him, but he doesn't know who's accusing him. He says it never happened.
"If I said anything I would've immediately apologized if, in fact, I had said anything that was offensive."
He said he was also accused of looking at pornography on work computers. He said he was in a group email chain where he and several friends exchanged "jokes".
"We send each other jokes. Off color. Not off color. About old people. Whatever. As long as it's funny. The mistake I made was that I used the computer at the office," Ozer said.
He also said that he gave a company flight voucher to a friend who wanted to take a weekend trip for a "continuing education" class. He said that he asked everyone at the charity had an use for it. It expired March 31st and his friend's flight returned in that same day.
"If you think I did the wrong thing, I made a mistake with that ONE. Out of 10 years getting 40- 50 tickets. Again, trumped up. An excuse to get me out of here," Ozer said.
He admitted to paying for a Match.com account with a company credit card.
"I just didn't look closely enough at the 4 credit cards to pick the right one. they all sort of look alike anyway," Ozer said.
He said he wrote a check to the Ronald McDonald House once he realized his mistake.
He also admitted to putting down the wrong name for a lunch on the charity's dime.
"If you have eight or nine expenses on one sheet of paper and you have to go back and remember who it was you took to lunch, sometimes that happens. The point is any time I took anybody to lunch, no matter who it was, I was talking about the Ronald McDonald House," Ozer said.
Press release sent from the Abbi Agency regarding the termination:
The board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada announced that Marty Ozer is no longer executive director of the charity. The Board has currently formed a search committee to ensure a new executive leader is at the helm in the future.
The organization’s board of trustees president, Brock Marquez, has stepped into the role of the charity’s interim executive director. The organization’s board of trustees vice president has stepped into the role of the charity’s president of the board of trustees.
As the charity’s first responsibility is to those families it serves and the donors who believe in our mission, we ask for your continued support as we put new leadership in place. Our heart for the families we serve is as strong and dedicated as ever.
We want to assure every donor, big and small, that Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada and its board of trustees is doing everything in its power to safeguard and grow its charitable assets. We want to assure everyone who is invested in our mission that the work of offering comfort and lodging to families dealing with their child’s hospitalization is still being conducted every day at the Reno House.