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San Bernardino County assessor resigns

February 6, 2009 |  4:36 pm

Embattled San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus resigned Friday, saying he was struggling with drug abuse and needed to concentrate on his health. He also offered an apology to those he let down.

"Failing you and failing myself was never the objective in my career," he wrote in his resignation letter to the county Board of Supervisors. "For that I am truly sorry and ask for you forgiveness."

Postmus was arrested last month after investigators raided his Rancho Cucamonga apartment and found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with felony drug possession and is free on bail.

The Board of Supervisors recently hired attorney John Heuston, who prosecuted Enron's Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, to investigate whether there were grounds to dismiss Postmus. That investigation will now be canceled, said Gary Ovitt, chairman of the board.

But Postmus remains under investigation by the district attorney's office for the way he has run the assessor's office and for some of his real estate dealings.

-- David Kelly