A Crawford County chief magistrate suspended following her March arrest has resigned and signed a consent order agreeing never to seek judicial office.
Judge Andrea Peterman was charged with theft of fiduciary funds and violation of oath of office March 4, about five months after she took office.
She agreed to a voluntary suspension in the days after her arrest.
Peterman sent a resignation letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal dated Oct. 1. A copy is attached to the consent order she signed the same day with the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission.
The consent order settles the case with the commission, which is tasked with investigating Georgia judges, said Michael Chidester, Petermans lawyer.
She wants to get all this behind her, Chidester said.
The GBI began a criminal investigation after allegations surfaced early this year.
Money allegedly was taken from official funds collected by the magistrate office.
Although a forensic audit was conducted to determine how much money allegedly was misappropriated, that figure has not been released.
Chidester said he is in discussions with the district attorneys office about how best to resolve the criminal case.
District Attorney David Cooke said prosecutors are planning to present the case to a grand jury later this month.
Peterman, of Roberta, was a former clerk of the Crawford County Probate Court.
County Attorney David Mincey said Monday that he has written a letter to the Macon Judicial Circuits Superior Court judges informing them of Petermans resignation and asking that they make a permanent appointment for the post.
Following Petermans suspension and the later unrelated resignation of Deputy Magistrate Robin Dunaway, the governor in June appointed Richard Spencer to temporarily serve in Petermans absence.
Spencer, who worked as a judge in upstate New York before moving to Georgia, said he is interested in continuing to serve in the position.
The appointed permanent magistrate would serve until 2016, Mincey said.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.