WILLISTON, N.D. — A member of the Williams County Public School District No. 8 School Board who has been accused of stealing from Missouri Ridge Township has resigned.

Deanna Senior, who was arrested May 31 and charged with one class B felony count of theft, submitted a letter of resignation to District 8 board president Jenny Jorgenson. The board voted 4-0 on Monday, June 10, to accept the resignation.

Board members offered no comments on the resignation, but did discuss how to fill the open seat. A regular school board election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11.

Under state law, boards have 60 days to either appoint a new member or call a special election. If they don’t fill the position within 60 days, the county superintendent of schools is tasked with calling a special election.

At Monday’s meeting, the board also voted 4-0 to have Eide Bailly conduct a forensic audit, a reaction to Senior’s arrest on theft charges. Senior was authorized to sign checks for the district, but district officials said she didn’t have access to the accounts.