A note circulated last week by Forest City Ratner Executive VP for External Affairs Ashley Cotton stated:
After much thought and consideration Terence Kelly, Community Affairs Manager with Barclays Center has decided to leave to pursue other interests.The arena is no longer controlled by Forest City, but Cotton had been assigned to represent the arena in public.
Please join us [at a farewell toast on Nov. 15] as we salute him for all of his hard work and dedication.
...Any questions or concerns regarding Barclays Center community relations should be directed to Roland Guevara, VP of Community Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org . Roland and I will work together in the interim and he is actively working on hiring a full replacement.
I'm not sure how to read Kelly's departure, though a good number of people leave jobs after four years. Guevara, who introduced himself a meeting of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council last Thursday, said Kelly was no longer with the arena, but they were aiming to fill his role.
It's a safe bet that Kelly's replacement, for better and for worse, will not know the full history of the arena's large but not always smooth presence in Brooklyn and Prospect Heights.
It also seems that, if Kelly's replacement will interact with neighbors and build other community relationships (the arena has lots to give away, natch), Guevara may take on a broader role. We'll see if he's at Tuesday's Quality of Life Community Update meeting.