There will be a change at the top of the City's Crime Control and Prevention District Board as the current board president, political activist Susie Luna-Saldana, resigns.
Saldana agreed to resign from the panel that is authorized to use a portion of the local sales tax revenue for crime reduction programs. Her resignation comes after an ethics complaint that was filed against her.
That complaint charged that Saldana had violated three of the code of ethics provisions in light of her assault conviction last month. She was found guilty of assaulting a campaign worker.
Saldana has maintained her innocence, and said that her appeal in the case will be heard next March.
On Wednesday, a community activist by the name of Juan Araiza III filed the ethics charges against Saldana. Araiza maintained that she brought discredit to the City because of her conduct. Another charge was that her past activities were incompatible with her duties on the Crime Control Board, and finally, she was accused of using her prestige of her public position on her own behalf, for her own cause.
Councilman Chad Magill said that, if she hadn't resigned, he would have removed her from the board.
"I would sincerely like to thank Ms. Saldana for making this decision," Magill said. "I know it was difficult, but I think she did the did the right thing."
Each member of the Crime Control Board is appointed by a council member. They serve at the pleasure of their council sponsor and can be replaced at anytime. Saldana escaped that fate with her resignation.
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