Report: Bob Filner will resign

As part of a deal to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit, the San Diego mayor will step down

Topics: Bob Filner, San Diego, California, Sexual Harassment, Recall,

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign, NBC News is reporting, as part of a deal to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. According to the report, Filner will officially leave his seat after the City Council meets to approve the deal on Friday.

From NBC News:

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.

There could be at least one primary special election within 60 to 90 days.

Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former communications director and the woman who filed the lawsuit, had been pushing for Filner’s resignation as part of the settlement deal with the city. On Wednesday, officials announced that a deal had been reached after three days of mediation.

A total of 18 women, including McCormack Jackson, have come forward and accused Filner of sexual harassment in the past several weeks.

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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