Former Salem-Keizer NAACP president Reginald Richardson Sr.

Reginald Richardson, former Salem-Keizer NAACP president, has been removed from his position as executive director of Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission.

Richardson pled guilty to physically assaulting an 8-year-old boy at the Career Technical Education Center in northeast Salem during an after-school program run by his company, Community Learning Institute.

Richardson has been banned from Salem-Keizer Public Schools facilities in February and his contract to run a program focused on academic support for Black students was terminated, according to the Salem Reporter, which first reported the story.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools did not respond to the Statesman Journal’s request for information about the incident.

According to court records, Richardson assaulted and injured the boy Jan. 26. He entered a guilty plea Oct. 20 and was sentenced to attend counseling sessions focused on anger management issues and alternative options for addressing challenging behavior from children. Richardson will also have to complete 100 hours of community service and have no contact with the victim or his brother, who was also a part of the program.

He was fined $1,000, which he has paid.

Removal from state position

Gov. Kate Brown appointed Richardson to the state commission role in 2018. He was still listed on the state government website as executive director on Dec. 14, two months after he pleaded guilty.

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