OC CEO Announces Resignation Amid Criticism Over His Handling of Councilman's Sex Scandal

Tom Mauk was hired to the county's highest-ranking non-elected position in 2004.

By Samantha Tata
|  Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 7:05 PM PDT
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Restraining Order Issued in Santa Ana Councilman's Sex Assault Case

Santa Ana city councilman Carlos Bustamante made his first court appearance Thursday since being arrested on sexual battery and other charges. The judge postponed the arraignment, but did issue protective orders to prevent any contact between the councilman and his alleged victims. Angie Crouch reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 5, 2012.

Sex Scandal Could Ensnare Orange County CEO

OC officials met behind closed doors Friday to discuss the possible discipline of longtime County CEO Tom Mauk in connection with the Monday arrest of city councilman Carlos Bustamante, accused in eight-year sex abuse scandal. If so, Mauk could be out of a job. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 6, 2012.
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Orange County’s longtime CEO agreed to resign Thursday amid tumult over his handling of sex charges filed against a Santa Ana City Council member, City News Service reports.

The announcement came a day after a closed-door meeting discussing possible discipline against Tom Mauk was set to continue.

Mauk will step down from his position Aug. 4, according to City News Service. OC CFO Robert Franz will take over as acting CEO.

The councilman at the heart of the scandal, Carlos Bustamante, was arrested before a council meeting on July 2 on several charges, including sexual battery and six felony counts of false imprisonment, police said.

Shortly after Bustamante’s arrest, an emergency closed-door meeting sparked rumors the scandal could ensnare the CEO.

Mauk was hired to the county's highest-ranking non-elected position in 2004. He has held the job longer than anyone since the county went bankrupt in 1994, board chairman John Moorlach told NBC4 in early July.

No disciplinary decisions were made during that meeting. The issue was continued for further discussion on July 24.

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