CAMDEN, NJ — Carmen Otero, a Camden school advisory board member whose term was set to expire in 2022, has resigned.
Otero informed the Camden City School District (CCSD) she would resign Nov. 19 - the resignation taking effect the following day.
Board President Min. Wasim Muhammad announced the news during Tuesday's meeting - saying she was leaving the position "due to personal issues."
"On behalf of the advisory board of education members, we thank her for her years of service," Muhammad said, noting that it was Otero's second term serving as a school board member. "We wish her well and all the best."
Otero was not available for comment and did not attend Tuesday's meeting.
In 2018, she was appointed to the board by Mayor Frank Moran along with Andrew Toliver to fill the seats left vacant by the resignation of Felisha Reyes-Morton, who left in August 2018 to spend more time with her family, and Dorothy Burley, who died that April.
As Otero was initially placed on the board by Moran, her vacancy will also need to filled by mayoral appointment despite the fact new board members are now elected.
Whether that will be by the Dec. 22 school board meeting will depend on when the mayor makes the appointment and a background check is completed by the Department of Education, confirmed district spokesperson Sheena Yera.
At that point a swearing in ceremony, which can be held via a Zoom meeting, will be conducted.