WASHINGTON — Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will resign and be sentenced Feb. 4 as part of a plea agreement negotiated with prosecutors after being convicted on one criminal count last year for using gift cards donated to the city.
The plea agreement between Dixon, a Democrat, and prosecutors was signed Wednesday in a circuit court judge’s chambers but were not available at press time, according to a court spokesperson.
Neither the mayor nor her spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
Dixon became mayor on Jan. 17, 2007, succeeding Democrat Martin O’Malley, who became Maryland’s governor. She is the first woman to be Baltimore’s mayor.
“This is a difficult day in the history of our city,” O’Malley said in a statement Wednesday. He called for citizens to support City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who will replace Dixon under the city’s succession rules.