James Mussenden

James Mussenden

POMONA -- El Monte city manager James Mussenden is among the 30 people arrested during a prostitution sting and has resigned as an apparent result of the ordeal.

City officials say they received James Mussenden's letter of resignation Saturday, which was dated effective the same day he was arrested for solicitation.

The 59-year-old Mussenden was among 18 men issued citations for soliciting Thursday night, according to Pomona police. He was not jailed.

Undercover vice officers conducted a sting operation from about 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday in a Pomona neighborhood that has been the focus of complaints about solicitation, according to officer Richard Martinez.

"This has just been a mind-boggling situation," said City Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki, "I'm stunned. I just can't believe this. I never expected this, never, never, never."

Ishigaki said she believed Mussenden would resign over the incident, and that an interim city manager would be appointed.

Mussenden has worked for the city for 26 years and is active in the El Monte Kiwanis Club and the Boys & Girls Club of the San Gabriel Valley, according to the El Monte city website.

Mussenden is also married with grandchildren.

In a closed session Saturday that had been scheduled to decide Mussenden's future with the city governement, the city council unanimously voted to make 38-year-old Rene Bobadilla his interim successor.