Diego Hernandez quits Reynolds School Board
Diego Hernandez resigned from the Reynolds School Board on Wednesday, March 10, after stepping down last month from the Oregon House of Representatives amid controversy.
Board Chair Valerie Tewksbury announced at the March 10 school board meeting that the board "received today a formal resignation from Director Hernandez."
Hernandez resigned from his position in the Oregon House of Representatives on Feb. 21, after an investigation found that he had created a hostile workplace in the Legislature for women.
The 33-year-old Democrat represented East Portland in Salem. His resignation from the Legislature is effective Monday, March 15.
The Reynolds board had put an item on the agenda for the March 10 board meeting to discuss and vote on whether to ask Hernandez for his resignation — in Oregon, local governments such as school boards don't have the authority to remove an elected official.
But his resignation made that discussion unnecessary.
Hernandez' resignation stated simply: "Please accept this as my formal resignation to the Reynolds School Board. I am moving out of the district this week. It's been an honor to serve with you all."
Later in the meeting, board members voted to declare Hernandez's position vacant. The board will decide in the next few weeks or months about a process to fill the position. The term for the position runs until July 1.
Hernandez served in Position 2 on the Reynolds School Board, which is on the ballot in the May 18 election.
The person elected in May will serve a four-year term ending June 30, 2025.
As of Wednesday, March 10, nobody had filed to run for that position.
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