The embattled mayor of Mt. Vernon pleaded guilty to a felony charge and resigned Friday, according to a prosecutor.
Clarice Kirby, 58, pleaded guilty to abuse of public trust involving less than $10,000, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jeremy Bartley.
The conviction disqualifies Kirby from holding elected office. The prosecutor's office pushed to get the case resolved so the city could choose new leadership, Bartley said.
"We knew she had to be out of office," Bartley said.
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Circuit Judge David A. Tapp sentenced Kirby to serve 30 days in jail followed by a period of home incarceration. After home incarceration, she will be on supervised probation for a year.
Kirby had been jailed this week on new charges related to the case. She came to court from jail and was returned there to begin serving her time immediately, Bartley said.
Kirby was charged in December with taking a bribe, committing fraudulent insurance acts, official misconduct and abuse of public trust.
The charges grew from an allegation that Kirby took a jail inmate to Richmond, helped her get alcohol and accepted money from the woman.
The inmate was on work release and assigned to the city at the time.
The charge on which Kirby pleaded guilty Friday was that she used a city vehicle for private purposes, Bartley said.
That was related to her driving the inmate to Richmond.
Kirby was arrested this week on charges of retaliating against city employees who were potential employees in the case against her.
The grand jury declined to indict her on those charges Friday.