Byrl Smith Resigns from County Board of Ed
September 14, 2012
Three months after a failed run for county supervisor, Byrl Smith is resigning from the County Board of Education.
"As you know, I was recently hospitalized and my health requires me to slow down and take care of myself, and my family is urging me to do so," Smith wrote to Superintendent Nancy Kotowski in a Sept. 10 letter. "It is with much regret that I submit my resignation from the board."
Smith suffers from a chronic health condition, which became a sore point at times during her campaign against Supervisor Jane Parker. Parker sought to quiet her supporters who raised the issue as early as January; as the election neared, pollsters started questioning voters about their impressions of Smith's health, and again Parker tried to distance herself from the matter.
Details on Smith's health were not available, and she was not available Friday for comment.
Smith was appointed three and a half years ago to fill a vacancy left by Ian Ogelsby who resigned from the board after he was elected to Seaside City Council.
The board can choose to hold an election for a replacement, or appoint someone to fill Smith's vacancy; they're expected to discuss next steps at their Sept. 19 board meeting.