Des Moines City Councilmember Jeanette Burrage – who has been charged with assaulting a special needs student riding on a Highline School District bus she was driving (read our previous coverage here) – submitted her resignation from the council on Wednesday, April 22.
Burrage, 62, had been driving buses for Highline Transportation since 2012.
She was placed on administrative leave by the school district after this incident, which happened on March 10.
“I appreciate Councilmember Burrage’s consideration of the Council’s important work, and recognizing the distraction her situation would have caused if she remained on the Council,” Mayor Dave Kaplan told The Waterland Blog.
Here’s her full letter of resignation:
“Dear Mayor, City Councilmembers, and People of Des Moines,
It is with a heavy heart that I resign my position as a Des Moines City Councilmember. The City Council has important work to do and I anticipate the only way I can minimize the distraction to the City Council, caused by the recent school bus incident, is to resign effective immediately.