Jeff Rudluff Removed from DFWSEM board after disturbing legal allegations
This article is an update of a previous statement – revised for clarity and transparency. We appreciate the compassion and patience of our supporters as our volunteer organization navigates this disturbing and unprecedented situation.
The afternoon of Thursday, January 25, 2018 the board of DFWSEM became aware of an article published on local television news station WFAA’s website. The article chronicled the alleged actions and subsequent arrest of the DFWSEM’s then president, Jeff Rudluff. Rudluff allegedly solicited a minor for inappropriate sexual contact. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic – the board has elected not to directly link to this article, however it can be found on the WFAA website.
Within hours of the story’s release, the board met and voted to immediately remove Rudluff from his position and to install long-time board member Beth Kahlich as president, effective immediately.
Approximately one hour after the vote, a representative of Rudluff contacted the board to communicate his immediate resignation.
The current and past leadership of DFWSEM is shocked and angered that a person in a leadership position could allegedly commit such egregious acts. As an organization, we have chosen to cut all ties with Rudluff. This includes any information about him on our Website. We have removed most mentions of Rudluff and continue to remove others.
DFWSEM remains committed to upholding a high code of ethics and conduct for our members and leaders, and as such please refer to our DFWSEM Board Code of Conduct. The Board commits to ensuring that DFWSEM continues as a leader in digital marketing education – for Dallas/Fort Worth and beyond.
Ms. Kahlich reflected after the meeting, “I’m proud to serve as interim president, and look forward to our events throughout 2018 and beyond.”
We would like to ask for your support during this difficult time for the organization. The best way to support DFWSEM is to come to our next meeting, scheduled for February 8.
DFWSEM commits to transparency wherever possible. If you have questions about this incident or anything else, feel free to e-mail us at [email protected].