Tontitown Alderman With Felony Conviction Resigns After Prosecutor Petitions For Her Removal
TONTITOWN (KFSM) — A Tontitown alderman has resigned months after she was convicted on felony charges of falsifying documents.
Rhonda Doudna told 5NEWS that she submitted her letter of resignation to the city council for their approval on Thursday (Feb. 11).
This comes after Washington County prosecutor Matt Durrett filed an official petition for her resignation on Wednesday (Feb. 10).
According to Arkansas State Law, anyone convicted of “embezzlement of public money, forgery or other infamous crime” is ineligible to hold “any office of trust or profit in this state.”
In a bench trial on Nov. 9, 2015, a judge found Doudna guilty of falsifying a statement on a petition verification form, which is a Class D felony, and ordered her to pay a $500 fine.
Doudna went through the appeals process late last year, but the conviction was not overturned.
According to a probable cause affidavit on March 12, an individual contacted the Tontitown Police Department to file a complaint. He stated that on April 21, 2014, he signed a petition in reference to the repeal of a city ordinance, the affidavit states. When the individual later saw the petition, the suspect, Rhonda Doudna, had the verification form stating that she witnessed the individual sign the petition, but the individual stated that another person had obtained and witnessed his signature, according to the affidavit.