Rather than put his name to a public statement he believed untrue, Tom Mattox resigned from the Food Front Cooperative board of directors last month.
Reacting to the NW Examiner’s November cover story, “Co-op Crash,” Food Front President Brandon Rydell insisted Mattox and the four other directors sign a statement asserting that the board did not “consider the main sources of the NW Examiner article … to be credible.”
“I had to make a choice,” said Mattox, the co-op’s community outreach and marketing director from 2006-11 and board member the past two years.
“I knew I was not going to be able to sign off on it,” he said, noting that the story “rang true to my experience” and the board’s response amounted to “circling the wagons and saying everything is fine.”
Reinforcing his demand for unanimous censure of the article, Rydell warned his colleagues of the board’s code of loyalty prohibiting open opposition to board positions.