Dixon: 'Best ... to bring this matter to closure'
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) has issued the following statement on her plea deal related to her conviction on embezzling gift cards intended for the needy:
"It is with deep regret and sadness that I will resign my position as the Mayor of Baltimore effective February 4, 2010. I pledge to work closely with the City Council President to secure a smooth transition of leadership and to ensure that the business of the City continues uninterrupted. I believe that it is in the best interest of City, my family and me to bring this matter to closure.
I have had the privilege of serving the citizens of Baltimore for more than 20 years. For me, there are few experiences that are more rewarding than participating in the revitalization of a great American city. I have seen Baltimore make tremendous progress and I leave knowing that the foundation is strong. As I have often said, the people of this city are its greatest asset.
I have been and will always be blessed to have had the opportunity to serve a place that I have called home my entire life. I promise that I will continue to work to improve this city in whatever capacities my time, talents and energies allow.
I want to thank my family, friends, staff and supporters for their unwavering support and love. The path that the good Lord has laid out for me has not ended. My journey will continue and I have faith that He will forever and always take care of me, my family, and the City I so dearly love."
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