Monona County, Iowa, Auditor Brooke Kuhlmann resigned this week after a methamphetamine-related arrest last summer.
Kuhlmann, 28, submitted her letter of resignation Thursday, said Monona County Attorney Mike Jensen.
“I have enjoyed serving the county in my position as auditor but think that at this point it would be best for the county and myself if I resign,” the letter states.
A judge's order on Dec. 4 suspended the auditor, and the county stopped paying her. Officials said she hadn't been at work for three months at the job that otherwise paid $47,970 a year.
Jensen had filed a petition asking a judge to remove Kuhlmann from office, citing the arrest and alleging other misdeeds on Kuhlmann's part. The judge's order scheduled a hearing for Dec. 20 on the matter.
Kuhlmann has pleaded not guilty to charges of methamphetamine possession, a serious misdemeanor, and possessing drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, after her arrest July 29. She and her attorney did not respond to telephone calls requesting comment Friday afternoon.
The Monona County Board has 40 days to order a special election or appoint someone to the county auditor position, according to the Iowa State Association of Counties and state code.
If someone is appointed, voters can file a petition for a special election within 14 days.
The day of her arrest, Kuhlmann contacted a drug dealer's cellphone in an attempt to make a purchase, the Iowa Department of Public Safety has said.
Authorities say she didn't realize the person reached on the phone was a state trooper — the cellphone had been seized in a traffic stop.
Some methamphetamine was left for her in an arranged location. According to authorities, law enforcement officers watched her pick it up, and then Onawa police pulled her over.
A trial is scheduled for February.
Late last month, with the endorsement of the County Board, Jensen filed the petition for Kuhlmann's removal.
Iowa law, unlike that of Nebraska and some other states, does not allow for recall elections. But it does permit an elected official to be removed from office for reasons such as willful misconduct and maladministration.
The county alleged that Kuhlmann has not appeared for a full day's work since her arrest, and not at all since Sept. 3.
The petition also said Kuhlmann had racked up nearly $8,000 in unpaid personal charges and late fees on her county credit card, including at the WinnaVegas Casino and for Alice in Chains concert tickets beginning in 2012.
Kuhlmann, a Democrat, was elected in 2008. As county auditor, she was responsible for elections, tax collections, preparing the county budget and other matters.