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Baltimore Mayor Dixon Agrees To Resign Feb. 4

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon got emotional as she announced she will resign Feb. 4. Rob Carr/AP Photo hide caption

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Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon got emotional as she announced she will resign Feb. 4.

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Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon who was recently convicted of stealing gift cards meant for needy families agreed to resign on Feb 4.

Dixon, a Democrat in an overwhelmingly Democratic city, will be replaced by City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Dixon's resignation was part of a plea agreement with prosecutors in a perjury case that was in addition to the theft case she was convicted for.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

Dixon, 56, will be sentenced Feb. 4. Under the terms of the agreement, she will cease leading the city that day and may not hold any city or state position for at least two years. She is to perform 500 hours of community service and pay $45,000 to charity. None of her attorneys' fees can be paid with public money.

If she completes her probation within four years, her criminal record will be wiped clean, and she will likely be able to keep her $83,000 pension.

A former public school teacher raised in West Baltimore, where she still lives, Dixon was first elected to the City Council in 1987.

She became City Council president in 1999. After Mayor Martin O'Malley was elected governor in 2006, Dixon assumed the city's top job. She was elected in her own right in fall 2007.

City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will become mayor when Dixon steps down. Both are Democrats.

A teary Dixon announced her decision hours after the court proceeding, choking up as she said it was "with great sadness" that she would leave office. She did not apologize and said there would come a time, after sentencing, that she could give her full side of the story.

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