Orange County CEO resigns following Councilman Bustamante being charged with sexual assault

Orange County DA's office

Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante was arrested July 2 in the parking lot outside of the Santa Ana City Council meeting by the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) Bureau of Investigation, who investigated the case.

Orange County CEO Tom Mauk is out of a job. His job performance came under scrutiny after former county executive Carlos Bustamante was charged with sexual assault charges.

The five members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors reached a settlement agreement with Mauk.

The announcement of the resignation comes on the same day as Santa Ana City Councilman Bustamante pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted seven women who worked for him while Bustamante worked in the Orange County Public Works Department. The resignation is effective as of August 3.

The county’s chief financial officer, Robert Franz, will take over as acting CEO at that time.

Mauk will receive a $270,000 settlement, to be paid in installments.

The chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, John Moorlach, says Franz will be acting CEO until Sept. 11, when the supervisors will select select an interim county executive officer. He says the interim CEO will serve until a permanent county executive officers is selected.

The Board intends to hire an outside firm to assist with the nationwide recruitment, Moorlach says.

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