Sam Behrend Out At Access Tucson

As the city continues to cut Access Tucson's funding, the Board of Directors has voted to let Executive Director Sam Behrend go. Behrend helped launch the non-profit public-access television station in 1984 and had been executive director since 1987.

Lisa Horner, training director with the station, will take the reins as executive director.

Here's the release from Access Tucson:

This evening the Access Tucson Board of Directors approved an agreement with Executive Director Sam Behrend to leave the organization effective May 22nd. Replacing him on an interim basis will be Training Director Lisa Horner. The Board praised Mr. Behrend's leadership and his more than 26 year commitment to Access Tucson and regrets the fiscal hardships caused by a series of funding cuts from the City of Tucson that forced them to release Mr. Behrend from his contract which was to have been through December, 2011.