Charles W. Sullivan, chief executive of the Wisconsin Credit Union League for six years, resigned, effective April 19, amidst a revolt by some of the trade group's members.

Mr. Sullivan, who earlier had spent 10 years with the Utah Credit Union League, was criticized for a lack of communication with credit unions and being out of touch with their interests.

During the past year, 20 credit unions had protested the league's perceived lack of service by paying their dues monthly. The implicit threat, a source said, was that they could drop out at any time.

Several credit unions apparently wanted the league to get involved in an auto-leasing program because they felt they needed to offer such a service. Mr. Sullivan balked.

Earlier, a group of credit unions organized a "shared branching" program because they were dissatisfied with the league's organization.

Some credit unions in Milwaukee and Madison were upset when the Wisconsin League adopted a "one-credit-union, one-vote" rule. These urban institutions felt their interests were being short-changed as a result, sources said.

Tom Knable, manager of operations and public relations, was named interim president while the league's board searches for a permanent head.

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