Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn abruptly resigned his elected post Sunday evening, hours before he pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor just as his trial on public corruption charges was expected to begin, a district attorney's spokeswoman said.
Dorn, a former Superior Court judge, was fined $1,000 and placed on two years of probation as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said Shiara Davila-Morales. As part of the sentence, Dorn, 74, is prohibited from holding public office.
Dorn, a three-term mayor and ordained clergyman, faced embezzlement charges in connection with his borrowing of $500,000 from a city-funded low-interest loan program originally intended to help Inglewood administrators afford to live in the city. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor conflict of interest charge, Davila-Morales said.
Dorn borrowed the money in November 2004, five months after he voted with the 3-2 council majority to extend the program to elected officials. He received a 30-year loan with a variable interest rate of 2.39%, far less than the market rate.