Aftermath of whistleblower complaint sidelines longtime education leader

Jim Green

Jim Green, left, is on paid leave from his position as the executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association. His interim replacement is Emielle Nischik, at center. Green disputed a statement by current OSBA Board President Sonja McKenzie that he would be allowed to review and correct the findings of an investigation into a whistleblower complaint.Courtesy Oregon School Boards Association

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The influential executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association is on paid administrative leave at his own request, after internal tensions erupted over the group’s handling of a whistleblower complaint.

The now-sidelined leader, Jim Green, spent three decades helping shape education policy behind the scenes in Salem, representing school boards in the bare-knuckled biannual fight for a piece of the state budget pie and debates over changes to the runaway costs of the Public Employees Retirement System.

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