The Chilmark Community Center announced its summer programming and staff on Tuesday, with long-time tennis pro Eddie Stahl notably not on the list.

The rehiring of Eddie Stahl was a flash point in a tense town meeting in April. A LinkedIn hiring post for a new tennis pro has been posted for a few months.

In a written statement to the Gazette, the Chilmark Community Center stated that the decision to not rehire Mr. Stahl was based on the recommendation of the center’s hiring committee and “the concurrence of the center’s board.”

“[The hiring decisions] were not easy and many considerations go into making a decision of change,” the statement read. “We are confident that the community will be best served by these talented leaders. We recognize and appreciate the considerable contribution to the Chilmark community and its tennis program that Eddie Stahl has made. We gratefully acknowledge his service and dedication to the community.”

Jay Grossman, a founder of the Friends and Associates of Chilmark Tennis group, which pushed for the rehiring of Mr. Stahl, said the decision was a loss for the community.

“Eddie has been the true heart and soul of the Chilmark Community Center for the past 27 years,” Mr. Grossman told the Gazette. “He’s dedicated his life to thousands of community members of all walks of life, and especially kids, to welcome them to the sport and most of all, to have fun and develop life skills. It’s a true loss to the community for the decision not to have him back for a 28th summer.”

The hiring decision comes as part of a long-standing controversy at the Chilmark Community Center.

A citizen’s petition was put forward at town meeting in April by the Friends and Associates of Chilmark Tennis, where they proposed creating a new town tennis program. The proposal was then withdrawn on town meeting floor, and as a compromise an amendment was offered to create a Chilmark Community Center Committee to review the relationship between the town and the Chilmark Town Affairs Council, which oversees the center. The Chilmark Community Center Committee held its first meeting last Thursday.