By Gina Yarbrough
San Diego, CA–San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is stepping down from his position following a lawsuit filed against him on Wednesday by a former MTS employee who claimed he sexually assaulted and sexually harassed her.
The embattled county supervisor, who serves the 4th District of San Diego, announced his resignation on his Twitter account.
“The strain on my wife and family over this past week has been immense and unbearable. A combination of my personal mistakes plus false accusations has created a burden that my family shouldn’t have to bear. I will be resigning from the Board of Supervisors, effective at the end of my medical leave. I will focus solely on getting healthy and being a good husband, father, and friend,” Fletcher tweeted.
Fletcher thanked his constituents for allowing him to serve them, and the County of San Diego employees “who put it all on the line for those most in need every day.”
“I am proud of what we accomplished together. My decision today is solely based on what is best for my family,” he tweeted.
Fletcher resigned on Tuesday as chair of the MTS Board of Directors. He also ended his bid for State Senate to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress, trauma, and alcohol abuse at an out-of-state treatment center.
Former CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher tweeted her support of her husband’s decision to resign from the Board of Supervisors.
“I love my husband. He has acknowledged his mistakes and I believe his name will be cleared of false accusations. Still, I asked him to resign to lessen the strain on our family. I’m relieved he is finally getting treatment he needs. Thank you to everyone who has reached out today,” Gonzalez Fletcher tweeted.