Director Of Blacksburg Mental Health Agency Resigns

July 3, 2007

The executive director of the mental health agency, that was required by law to recommend a treatment plan for Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho, has resigned.

The New River Valley Community Services Board was the designated agency to recommend a treatment plan for Cho, but did not do so. Agency officials confirmed that the director, Les Saltzberg, resigned on Thursday after a year on the job.

The board were scheduled to consider renewing his one year contract. Board members say the resignation was unrelated to the April 16th shootings that left 33 dead on the Virginia Tech campus.

Saltzberg says that the agency did not know that treatment had been ordered for Cho because budget constraints had prompted it to stop sending representatives to all commitment hearings. Since the shootings, representatives' attendance at hearings has been reinstituted.

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