Fort Ti administrator resigns

TICONDEROGA - Kelly O'Neil-Teer has resigned as deputy director at Fort Ticonderoga.

O'Neil-Teer served as the fort's acting director for 18 months following the retirement of Nick Westbrook. She was credited with leading Fort Ticonderoga through a financial crisis in 2009.

Peter Paine, president of the fort's board of trustees, said he is "profoundly grateful for Kelly's dedication to the fort and especially for her leadership in the difficult period of transition over the last two years. I anticipate that the board will elect Kelly as member of the Fort Ticonderoga Association at its upcoming meeting, which will allow her to remain closely connected to the fort in the future."

O'Neil-Teer worked at Fort Ticonderoga more than 20 years.

A prepared statement from the fort said O'Neil-Teer will "pursue a new career opportunity." She offered no comment.

Fort Ticonderoga recently hired a new executive director, Beth Hill.

Hill began work at Fort Ticonderoga on May 1 after serving as manager at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site in Statesville, N.C.

Hill said O'Neil-Teer's departure is a great loss to the fort.

"We look forward to her continued support and involvement with the fort's future activities and to honoring her as an important part of the fort's legacy," Hill said.

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