Embattled Cherokee School Board member Kelly Marlow has resigned her post on the board after being convicted Saturday of felony charges of lying to police about Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo.
Marlow sent a letter to John Barge, state school superintendent, today explaining her resignation.
“With considerable appreciation to my supporters and the voters of District 1, and the parents and school children for whom all of my efforts were focused, the recent judicial determinations make it unlikely that I can effectively serve at any time in the foreseeable future,” Marlow wrote in the letter, obtained by the Cherokee Tribune. “Rather than leave my seat in limbo while the issues surrounding my status are resolved, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I resign my position with the Cherokee County School Board, effective immediately.”
Marlow, her political advisor Robert Trim and Cherokee GOP Secretary Barbara Knowles were convicted Saturday on charges of lying to the police, accusing Petruzielo of trying to run them down in his car in June 2013.
Upon the guilty verdict, Marlow was suspended from office but could have stalled final removal by appealing her conviction.