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Rep. Guin quitting 1 of 2 college posts

MONTGOMERY (AP) — House Majority Leader Ken Guin has resigned from a position at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa that paid him $49,677 a year.

Guin, D-Carbon Hill, said Tuesday he has sent a letter of resignation to Shelton State officials, but said he doesn't plan to quit a similar position with Bevill State Community College in Sumiton. He receives $48,721 a year from Bevill State.

In his letter, Guin said he has completed all projects he had been assigned for Shelton State, but said he has not received any new assignments from the Tuscaloosa school since news stories came out about his work for Shelton State and Bevill State.

"I have assumed your reluctance to assign me new projects has been the result, at least in part, of the negative publicity surrounding the college and my employment there," Guin said in the letter. "This has obviously been a distraction for both you and me and likely will continue to be so for as long as I am employed by Shelton State."

State school board members earlier told The Birmingham News they received the notice of Guin's resignation from Shelton State officials late Monday afternoon.

"My hope is now that he'll resign from Bevill," state school board member Stephanie Bell of Montgomery told The News.

Guin said Tuesday that he plans to keep working for Bevill State.

"I have a lot of things I am continuing to work on for Bevill State," Guin said. He said the Walker County college is the third-largest employer in his House district.

But he said he felt his employment had become a distraction at Shelton State.

"I'm certainly a high profile person. I don't want to cause additional problems for Shelton State," Guin said.

Bevill State President Harold Wade has praised Guin's work for the school.

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