The chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana has resigned. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Ryan Smiley’s resignation follows his October arrest for operating while intoxicated and reckless driving.
In a statement Tuesday night obtained by the publication, the organization says Smiley requested “to step down from the CEO role effective immediately, and we have accepted his resignation of employment effective Dec. 5.”
Smiley was named the organization’s president and CEO in late 2017 as part of the merger of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana. The merger and Smiley’s appointment became official in January 2018.
“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation to the countless individuals, Board members, donors and staff that have supported me and our organization for more than ten years,” Smiley said in a statement to the board. “Your unwavering support, dedication, friendship, and leadership have been meaningful and inspiring.”
The Times reports Smiley has been on administrative leave since his arrest on Oct. 13. He currently faces four misdemeanor counts of OWI and one count of reckless driving.