West Covina Mayor Resigns Amid Police Investigation Into Possible Drug Use

West Covina Mayor Michael Spence has resigned from his largely ceremonial post amid a police investigation into possible drug use.

Spence, 51, told the City Council on Thursday night that he would relinquish his mayoral role on June 1. But council members later voted to make his resignation effective immediately.

Michael Spence is shown in an undated and now deleted photo on the City of West Covina's website.

Michael Spence is shown in an undated and now deleted photo on the City of West Covina’s website.

Spence’s troubles began on May 4 when Costa Mesa police responding to a medical-aid call at a hotel in the 2000 block of Newport Boulevard shortly after midnight found two people, one of whom was Spence, with “controlled substance items,” police said. Spence was unconscious at the time.

He was not arrested and no charges have been filed against him. Costa Mesa police are continuing to investigate and are expected to turn their findings over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

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