Sunflower Farmers Market founder and CEO Michael Gilliland was always a "big-picture guy," says the man who replaced him this week at the Boulder-based company.
But according to the Arizona law enforcement officers who took Gilliland into custody on February 10, he isn't much of a big-girl kind of guy.
Gilliland, 52, was arrested by the Phoenix Police Department and has been accused of offering $100 to have sex with a seventeen-year-old girl, a felony. The arrest was part of a sting conducted by undercover officers over the Internet, according to news reports.
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Gilliland resigned from his post shortly afterward, and Sunflower COO Chris Sherrell has taken over. On February 17, he told the Boulder Daily Camera that operations at the well-known natural foods grocery chain would continue as normal. He also said Gilliland had been the "big-picture" visionary there, while Sherrell has been the day-to-day operator.
And hopefully a smoother operator than Gilliland, who will be arraigned next week.