El Segundo City Treasurer Chris Powell resigned abruptly this week because of "personal and family matters," leaving his part-time elected position after only seven months.
A former longtime El Segundo Unified school board member, Powell ran unopposed in April's municipal election to replace longtime Treasurer Ralph Lanphere, who retired.
Powell submitted a one-sentence letter Monday to City Clerk Tracy Weaver, saying he was resigning "due to personal and family matters" that would make him "unable to continue to perform my duties ... to the level that I feel appropriate."
His letter came just days after correspondence that the five City Council members and Weaver received from the husband of a current school board member, saying his wife and Powell were having an affair and detailing time they'd allegedly spent together, including during a California School Board Association trip.
The email dated Saturday was signed by Greg Gabel, whose wife, Laura, was elected to the school board in November 2011. The city released it in response to a Daily Breeze records request.
In it, Greg Gabel writes that he confronted his wife after learning about the affair with Powell, who is married, and then again when he realized the relationship had continued after family counseling. The email says he again discovered the pair together last week, which prompted the decision to take it public.
"As elected officials in El Segundo, I believe
"I also believe it is important for each of you to understand the integrity of those in which you conduct business, or those that actively represent your city departments and community."
Powell, reached Tuesday, did not deny the affair but declined to elaborate.
"I think my correspondence kind of speaks for itself," he said. "I need to concentrate on my family right now."
Gabel, 42, who volunteered in various capacities for El Segundo schools before deciding to run for a board seat, declined to comment.
El Segundo schools Superintendent Geoff Yantz said Tuesday afternoon that she had not resigned her post.
An email from the newspaper to Greg Gabel was not returned.
El Segundo City Manager Greg Carpenter said he would ask council members at their Tuesday night meeting whether they'd want to appoint someone as the next treasurer or hold a special election in June 2013. He said the council would have 60 days to make a decision.
Powell, 55, is a certified public accountant and chief financial officer for a steel construction company.
He served on the El Segundo school board from 1995-2007, when he decided not to seek re-election, and was later reappointed to serve a vacant position from August 2010 to December 2011.
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