Report: Bob Filner To Resign As San Diego Mayor
With sexual harassment charges continuing to mount, NBC’s San Diego affiliate is reporting that Mayor Bob Filner will resign from office:
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week with city officials, NBC 7 News has learned.
Filner, spotted leaving City Hall with packing boxes Wednesday night, will formally vacate the office following a closed session of City Council Friday, according to several sources.
City officials announced just before 7 p.m. Wednesday a proposed solution had been reached in the scandal that has consumed the city of San Diego since it first broke July 10.
In the last six weeks, more than a dozen women have come forward with tales of alleged sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances.
Filner has admitted to disrespecting and at times intimidating women, saying that he needed help. He announced he would enter a treatment program for an undisclosed disorder or illness.
Under investigation for alleged “pay to play” schemes with developers, Filner disappeared from public view for three weeks and surfaced Monday in time for a mediation session with city officials.
Over three days of negotiations in the downtown San Diego high-rise located just blocks from City Hall, officials reached a deal.
Given the mounting charges against Filner, it didn’t seem at all likely that he was going to last long in office. The only question was whether his removal would be voluntary or not. Assuming that this deal goes forward, it will at least save San Diego residents from the further embarrassment of having yet more uncomfortable stories about their Mayor revealed nearly every day.
H/T: Jeff Quinton