Oak Park and River Forest High School Director of Campus Safety Cindy Guerra is resigning after less than five months in the position. 

Her resignation is effective Nov. 27. Guerra, a retired Chicago Police officer, was hired by OPRF in July.

Guerra did not immediately return a phone call from the Wednesday Journal seeking comment about why she resigned. 

Principal Lynda Parker said that Guerra resigned for personal reasons.

“She definitely had some personal concerns that are separate from what’s in the building that she herself would have to comment on,” Parker said. “It didn’t have anything to do with the school.”

Parker added that she found Guerra to be a wonderful colleague to work with.

“It’s definitely going to be a loss to our building, in such a short time,” Parker said. “She had built some systems and structures to make sure we had a great eye on safety in our building.”

Guerra appeared to be getting positive reviews for her job performance at OPRF. In October, Parker told the school board that the school climate and safety had improved this year at OPRF. The school has hired more security guards this year. 

There has not been a fight so far at the school. 

Guerra spent the bulk of her career with the Chicago Police Department rising to the rank of lieutenant before retiring in 2021 after a 27-year career with the CPD. Last year, Guerra served as the Interim Chief of Police at Northeastern Illinois University.

At OPRF Guerra replaced Cherylynn Jones-McLeod, who held the position for one year before resigning last summer.  

It’s not clear who will replace Guerra.

“The job has been posted and we’re searching for a replacement,” Sullivan said.

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