West Covina mayor resigns post after alleged heroin OD


WEST COVINA — Mayor Mike Spence resigned his ceremonial post Thursday night after a 911 call was released that indicated he may have overdosed on heroin.

In an announcement Thursday evening, Mike Spence told city leaders he would step down June 1.

Members of the city council later voted to make his resignation immediately effective.

On May 4, Spence was found in a Costa Mesa hotel room surrounded by drugs and paraphernalia, authorities said. He was not arrested at the time and no charges have been filed against him.

Costa Mesa Police will turn their

findings over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

On Thursday, Costa Mesa Police released the 911 call that was made the

night of May 4 on which the caller is heard telling the operator “He may have overdosed. I would say heroin.”

After denying the allegations earlier in the week, Spence apologized for ”…the distraction that my personal feelings have had on the city.”

He also criticized the people he said ”are mean and bigoted towards people that have addiction.”

Spence will remain a member of the City Council. His term is up in November. City leaders will vote to elect a new mayor on June 5.

City News Service contributed to this story


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