A Circuit Court judge upheld the removal of a Lexington-Richland 5 school board member last year over a residency dispute.
Kim Murphy was removed from the board in March 2013, after fellow school board members agreed that long-observed county borders are incorrect and she lives in Lexington County, not Richland County as required for the post to which she was elected in 2010.
Murphy had appealed the decision. Circuit Court Presiding Judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin issued her decision upholding Murphy’s removal Oct. 30. In the order Judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin wrote, “Based on the foregoing findings of facts, analysis, and conclusions of law, the Court finds by clear and convincing evidence that (1) Appellant (Murphy) is a resident of Lexington County, and (2) does not meet the requirements and lacks the legal capacity to hold the office of Board trustee.”
A new representative for her seat will be elected Nov. 4.