MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- After the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board approved her resignation a week ago, Superintendent Dr. Ember Conley's resignation letter was released on Tuesday.
Conley had been placed non-disciplinary paid administrative leave on Nov. 18. The board never provided a reason as to why she was placed on leave, but Arizona's Family learned that a former board member filed a criminal complaint-- accusing Dr. Conley of theft and embezzlement.
In her letter, Conley said she is stepping down after all the hardships that she and her family are experiencing. She wrote about her father's passing in March and a surgery that she underwent in September. She also writes that she remains thankful to Mesa Public Schools.
"Working with the students and the many talented professionals in the District has been one of the most inspiring experiences of my professional life," she said in the letter. "The Mesa Public Schools family is truly remarkable, and Mesa Public Schools is an organization that will continue to be a beacon of excellence in public education."
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Conley's resignation will take effect on Jan. 2, 2020. Between now and Feb. 28 she will receive severance pay.