Oregon Health Center Executive Director Resigns Amid Racial Discrimination Claims: Darnell “DJ” Rhodes Steps Down

Community Health Leader in Multnomah County Steps Down in Less Than a Year

Darnell “DJ” Rhodes, who was appointed as the executive director of Multnomah County’s community health center in April 2023, has resigned from his position after a year in office. Rhodes, who earned $273,000 annually, stepped down on Friday. Rhodes had faced challenges shortly after starting in his role and was placed on paid administrative leave in October 2023. He later revealed to Willamette Week that he had experienced discrimination as a Black leader within the organization.

When Rhodes returned from leave in January 2024, he chose to resign from his position. His departure was one of three recent resignations within the health center system. Jeff Perry, the chief financial officer, and Bernadette Thomas, the medical director, also stepped down. According to Serena Cruz, the county’s chief operating officer, these departures were unrelated to Rhodes’ resignation.

Rhodes’ departure has left a void in leadership at the community health center. The impact of these recent resignations on the health center and its operations remains to be seen. Neither Rhodes nor county officials have provided further comments on the matter. The Oregonian/OregonLive reached out to both parties for additional information but did not receive a response. For more news and updates on this developing story, continue to support OregonLive by subscribing to stay informed.

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