Multnomah County Health Center Faces Leadership Changes as Executive Director Resigns Amid Discrimination Allegations

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

Jeff Perry, the chief financial officer of Multnomah County’s community health center system, has also stepped down from his position. Bernadette Thomas, the medical director, also resigned in recent months. These departures are unrelated to Darnell “DJ” Rhodes’ resignation as the executive director of the health center. Rhodes was hired in April and faced challenges shortly after starting his position, leading to him being placed on paid administrative leave in October. He 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.

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, continue to support OregonLive by subscribing to stay informed.

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