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Phenix City school board attorney resigns 'due to personal issues'

Sydney Smith has resigned her position as attorney for the Phenix City Board of Education, the board’s president confirmed Friday.

It’s unclear whether she also resigned her position as attorney for the Russell County Board of Education. Russell County board president Keith Mitchell wasn’t reached for comment.

Phenix City board president Brad Baker said Smith notified him Wednesday that she is resigning, effective immediately, “due to some personal issues.” Baker declined to be more specific, out of respect for Smith's privacy.

Smith worked for the board for more than 20 years, at least, Baker said.

“You just don’t do it for that long without doing something right,” he said.

He called her service to the board and school system “exemplary.”

“She’s done an outstanding job,” Baker said. “She put her life into it. She was always there for anything that came up. She was always available. We never had issues getting with her. She always worked in a timely manner.”

No interim attorney for the board has been appointed, Baker said. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 22, he said, so he is “putting some feelers out” now to find lawyers interested in the position.

Meanwhile, Ron Davenport of Montgomery, Ala., formerly the city attorney for Phenix City, will be called to address any of the board’s legal issues, Baker said.

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