DEL PASO HEIGHTS – James Shelby, who has led the Greater Sacramento Urban League (GSUL) for nearly 20 years, has announced his resignation from the position of President and CEO of the organization, effective September 30.

Sandra Davis Houston, GSUL Board Chair and Vice President of Human Resources for Dignity Health, said Cassandra Jennings, who currently works in the office for Mayor Kevin Johnson, has agreed to serve as interim CEO of the League on a volunteer basis until a permanent replacement has been found.

The search for a permanent President and CEO will be co-led by Ms. Houston and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and will align with National Urban League protocols. That process is expected to take approximately 180 days and a permanent President and CEO is expected to be on board by April 2016, when the organization holds its annual Unity Ball.

Shelby initially retired from the position in June 2008. He returned in May 2013 to replace his successor David DeLuz, with the expectation of only serving for two years.

Shelby has had a long, fruitful record of civic and community service in the Sacramento region. He also previously served as the mayor of the neighboring city of Citrus Heights.

Shelby has not announced what his plans are after he steps down from the League.