The distraction of having an indicted mayor still serving on the city council had ended in Placerville, now that Dave Machado has resigned. The resignation came months of legal issues.

Machado’s legal issues arose from his real estate dealings, particularly one property that led to the charges of conspiracy and perjury after he allegedly hid interest on the property. It had been in the city’s redevelopment zone, an area that as mayor Machado would have had some control over. The case includes both felony and misdemeanor charges.

Due to the circumstances of Machado’s legal standing, the resignation wasn’t a total surprise, but it will leave the city with just four council members until a replacement is elected in November. It would take took long and cost too much to appoint a replacement to serve such a short term.

From the Sacramento Bee:

Former Placerville Mayor Dave Machado has resigned his seat on the City Council, effective immediately.

Machado has been under a legal cloud since the El Dorado County District Attorney filed felony and misdemeanor charges against him in August, when he was still mayor.

Machado submitted his resignation Tuesday, addressed to City Manager Cleve Morris. It became public Wednesday.

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