Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Community Health Leader in Multnomah County Steps Down in Less Than a Year

Multnomah County’s Community Health Center has seen three recent resignations, including the departure of Darnell “DJ” Rhodes, who was hired as its executive director in April 2023. Rhodes, a Black leader who was earning $273,000 annually, resigned from his position on Friday after facing challenges and experiencing discrimination within the organization.

Rhodes was responsible for overseeing eight primary care health centers, seven dental clinics, seven pharmacies, and nine student health centers within the county. However, he faced challenges shortly after starting in his position and was placed on paid administrative leave in October. Rhodes later revealed that he had experienced discrimination as a Black leader within the organization. Despite returning from leave in January, Rhodes chose to resign from his position.

The departure of Rhodes is 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.

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. The impact of these recent resignations on the health center and its operations remains to be seen. For more news and updates on this developing story, continue to support OregonLive by subscribing to stay informed.

By Aiden Nguyen

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