NewsLocal News


Orcutt man who was at U.S. Capitol during deadly riot resigns as senior center CEO

Capitol riots
Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 18:57:38-05

An Orcutt man who was at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 when a deadly riot broke out has resigned his position as CEO of the OASIS Senior Center.

Doug Dougherty was in attendance at the rallies in support of President Donald Trump and marched to the capitol building that day. He told KSBY News he felt called to travel to Washington, D.C. "to pray for our nation's capital."

The Board of Directors for the OASIS Senior Center released a statement about Dougherty's resignation saying, "The Board of Directors for OASIS Senior Center met Thursday and has since accepted the resignation of CEO Doug Dougherty. The Board remains committed to supporting OASIS and its mission to serve all seniors in our community."

In a statement to KSBY News, Dougherty says he's proud of the accomplishments made at OASIS during his time as CEO and he thanks the senior center and the community for their support of the organization. He says that while he stands by his decision to travel to Washington, he felt it was in the best interests of the senior center as well as his own.

"As a CEO of a nonprofit, I know my actions reflect on OASIS. And after 10 years of blood, sweat, and tears of building OASIS into a community institution, the pain of watching it be attacked because of me was too much. I chose to resign before a growing firestorm exploded on it," he said.