Mount Vernon mayor pleads guilty, then resigns

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In a surprise move, Mount Vernon's mayor pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to abuse of public trust.

Clarice Kirby immediately resigned as mayor after entering the plea.

By pleading guilty to abuse of public trust, the Commonwealth dismissed the other four charges she was facing, which included bribery and official misconduct.

She also had to resign as mayor as part of the deal. She cannot have contact with city employees, and she can't be on city property, including City Hall, where she worked. Kirby also has to turn over city documents she may have to her attorney.

"I guess I'm pleading to a felony, which I would rather not do," Kirby told Judge David Tapp. "But I feel it's in my best interest and so that I can go on with my life and get rid of the job I have that has continued to be nothing but troubles. I feel like it will be in the interest of the citizens."

Kirby was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but she'll get credit for time already served. She'll then have to serve 30 days home incarceration, then 10 months probation.

Also, the four counts of retaliating against a participant in a legal process she faced were dismissed by a grand jury Friday morning.

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