Lourdes Baez, spokeswoman for Stivers, said Sherman called Stivers earlier Friday to inform him that he was resigning. She said Sherman told Stivers it was an appropriate time to resign but gave no other reason. She said Stivers had additional comment on Sherman’s decision.
Stumbo had little to say other than to express appreciation for Sherman’s tenure as LRC Director.
“We thank Bobby for his many years of service, both as a staff person and as the director,” Stumbo said in a statement released by his press office.
After the news broke of the allegations against Arnold during the special session of the legislature during the week of Aug. 19-23, Stivers and other members of the LRC outside of House Democratic leaders said they were unaware of the charges or the investigation.
Stivers requested a special meeting of the 16-lawmaker governing body of the LRC which met on Sept. 4 and heard a description of the timeline of events from Sherman. But Sherman was hesitant to provide further details in open session, citing the possibility of litigation, and later met with most of the commission behind closed doors.
Stumbo appointed a five-member select House committee to investigate charges against Arnold and perhaps recommend censure or expulsion. That was before Arnold resigned, but the committee decided on Tuesday to proceed with its investigation and report its findings to the full House when it convenes in January.
Sherman became LRC director in 1999 after a stint in private law practice. In 2008, the legislative leaders on the LRC voted 11-5 to raise Sherman’s salary from $132,000 to $195,000 to keep Sherman from retiring.
Sherman said in his resignation letter that “I am most proud of each and every current and former member of LRC staff,” thanking them for their professionalism and non-partisan work.