Marlene Mish has stepped down from her position as executive director of the Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County effective immediately, the board and Mish announced in a news release Wednesday.
The release noted Mish's accomplishments, but gave no reason for her departure and said no more information would be forthcoming.
The release read in part: "In order to keep the focus on moving the goals of the organization forward, Ms. Mish and the CAC board of directors have agreed that no additional public comments will be made about the contents of this media release."
Mish was hired as executive director of the CAC in October of 2006. During her term as executive director, the release said, the CAC provided services to more than 5,000 children who were seen for concerns of sexual and physical abuse.
Mish expanded the mentoring program provided by the CAC for clients who have come through the center. She became the first person in Southern Oregon qualified to train Darkness to Light instructors for the Stewards of Children program. Instructors help adults learn how to recognize the signs of child abuse and to know how to respond when abuse is suspected.
The Children's Advocacy Center has begun a search for a new executive director. A job description will be posted on the CAC website at cacjc.org. Interested persons may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume.