WALTON, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky mayor who was indicted on a charge of abusing public trust has resigned from office.
Philip Trzop was charged with the count last year, shortly after taking office, in relation to his former job as general manager of the Boone County Water District.
Police said they arrested Trzop on Nov. 16 after he scrapped metal from the utility and allegedly kept some and gave some to employees as Christmas bonuses. Police say about $34,000 worth of metal was scrapped, but only $24,000 has been accounted for. He has pleaded not guilty.
The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/10F6XUW) reports Trzop submitted a letter of resignation on Monday to the City Council in which he says he must give up the public office "to attend to personal issues."
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