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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to ResignWENDY FRY, and GENE CUBBISONand R. STICKNEY 08/22/2013 9:22 AM
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.
Once Filner resigns, San Diego city government will enter a period of interim leadership.
Council President Todd Gloria will take on the role of acting mayor under the city charter. Councilmember Kevin Faulconer slides in as council president.
The council line-up would return to a 4-to-4 split between Democrats and Republicans.
There could be at least one primary special election within 60 to 90 days.
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