By Jessica Farrish
BECKLEY — Raleigh County Board of Education member Sally Susman announced her resignation Tuesday in a letter that was to be e-mailed to BOE President Rick Snuffer, according to her son, Tom Susman.
In a copy of the letter given to The Register-Herald, Susman wrote, “I have been honored to serve on the Raleigh County Board of Education.
“However, as a result of health reasons, I am resigning from the Raleigh County Board of Education, effective July 1, 2014.
“The timing of my retirement will allow the newly-elected board members to participate in the selection of my replacement,” the letter reads, “I want to thank the voters for allowing me to serve them ...”
Snuffer said around 5 p.m. Tuesday that he had not yet received a copy of the letter but that he had been informed to expect it around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“Ms. Susman has spent her whole life in public service,” Snuffer added. “We really appreciate all she’s done throughout the years for families here in Raleigh County.”
Susman was elected to the board in May 2012, and her term was set to expire in 2016.
In April, Susman, along with fellow board members Larry Ford and Cindy Jafary, was awarded the Margaret Baldwin Friend of Education award by the West Virginia Education Association.
WVEA officials cited Susman’s example of ethical leadership as one reason for the award.
Susman had served a previous term on the board around 20 years earlier, said Snuffer.
Susman was a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2008-2010 and from 1998 to 2004.
A past journalist and editor/publisher of the Mullens Advocate and Gulf Times, Susman served as director of the Bank of Mount Hope.
Susman’s resignation was met with expressions of sadness and sympathy.
BOE Vice President Larry Ford said that while he had not yet seen an official letter of resignation, he was sorry to hear media reports of Susman’s resignation.
“She served Raleigh County well, in her different positions, and I always enjoyed working with her,” said Ford. “I have the utmost respect for her.”
WVEA Raleigh County Co-President Marie Hamrick said on Facebook that she is saddened by Susman’s resignation.
Snuffer said that a motion will be made at the Tuesday BOE meeting for board members to discuss the resignation and to ask for letters of interest from those who want to begin serving the unexpired two years of Susman’s term starting July 1.
At the regular BOE meeting June 24, he said, BOE members will have it on the agenda and will look at the applications and select Susman’s replacement.
Susman was unavailable for comment Tuesday.