A member of a special committee investigating charges of racial harassment against a former Manassas Park school official has resigned.

The resignation of Robert Maitland, one of four persons appointed to the committee by the City Council, came after "preliminary discussion of allegations involved in this matter . . . determined that Mr. Maitland may have had firsthand knowledge relevant to the committee's investigation," according to a committee statement.

Council member Thomas Calomeris, chairman of the committee, declined to comment on the investigation. He said no one has been named to fill Maitland's position.

The committee was appointed earlier this month to investigate allegations of racial harassment brought by Timothy Donley, former assistant principal at Manassas Park High School. Donley complained to the city school board last month he had been harassed by some school officials allegedly upset over his marriage to a black woman. He won a $10,000 settlement from the school board in exchange for his resignation on Sept. 1 and a promise not to sue the school system.

The City Council, angered over the school board decision to negotiate a settlement without the council's knowledge, appointed the special committee to consider Donley's charges. The committee is expected to issue a report in the next three months.