AP National Writer
The Boy Scouts of America's chief executive took a medical leave of absence as the youth organization faces financial difficulties related to sex-abuse litigation.
The ailing official, Mike Surbaugh, has held the BSA's top post for four years.
The chairman of the BSA's executive committee, James Turley, conveyed the news of Surbaugh's departure to members of the Boy Scout's national staff in an email sent Monday. In the note, Turley referred to the BSA's ongoing "financial challenges."
"The work that each of us puts into this movement is vital, but to do our best on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, we each must also look out for our own personal health," Turley wrote. "Today, I am reaching out to let you know that Chief Scout Executive Michael Surba