SIOUX CITY | Sioux City school board member Shaun Broyhill has resigned his seat before attending a single meeting.
Broyhill, 33, who was elected Sept. 10, said he’s stepping down because he has to serve 120 days in jail for violating probation on a misdemeanor theft charge.
Broyhill has an outstanding arrest warrant in Cedar County for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor theft by deception charge. The warrant was filed April 23 for a charge issued in 2004.
Court officials said Thursday they have not been contacted by Broyhill.
He was to be sworn in as a board member Monday.
Broyhill in a statement said he’s stepping down “since I will be an ineffective leader on the board until this issue is resolved. … I want everyone to realize that I did make a mistake, and I realize I made a mistake.”
The board will likely appoint someone to fill the empty seat until the next regular or special school board election. The next regular election is in September 2015. No special elections are planned at this time.
The board could also choose to hold a special election to fill the seat.
Superintendent Paul Gausman said the board has historically opted to appoint the highest vote-getter who did not get on the board during the previous election.
That was the case when John Meyers was appointed to replace Nancy Mounts, when she resigned due to health concerns in 2011. Meyers had lost his re-election bid.
“I suspect you will hear the board discuss similar options this time, but I do not know for sure,” Gausman said.
Paul Speidel, Paul Gorski and Broyhill were the three candidates elected Sept. 10. Perla Alarcon-Flory finished fourth out of six candidates.
Board President Mike Krysl said the vacancy will be discussed at Monday’s board meeting. The position could potentially be filled at the Oct. 14 meeting.
The board is not expected to vote on any major or controversial issues while Broyhill’s seat remains empty, Krysl said.
“The next month or so we will be dealing with routine matters,” Krysl said. “We know we won’t be taking up the Bryant (Elementary School) construction issue until November. I think we will be fine.”
Broyhill in an interview said he thought the sentence was dismissed. He said he found out about the warrant this week.
Broyhill said the charged stemmed from a situation where he failed to mail items he sold online before leaving for boot camp with the Army National Guard.
Court documents show he pleaded guilty March 17, 2004, to the theft charges, was ordered to pay $4,371 of restitution, and was placed on probation.
The 120-day sentence was for violating that probation on Sept. 10, 2004, according to court records.
Broyhill appealed the 120-day sentence as excessive, and appealed one of the underlying charges, according to records. One underlying charge was dismissed, but the 120-day sentence for violating probation on another charge remained in place.