California Department of Justice

By Greg Moran
Aug. 23, 2013 – 05:13 p.m. / Updated 09:31 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation Friday solved his immediate political problem of trying to fight off a recall movement that could have removed him from office.

But the mayor’s legal problems remain on several fronts, both in civil and possible criminal cases.

After he announced his resignation Friday, a spokesman for Attorney General Kamala Harris said “an investigation is under way” into complaints that have been made to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department hotline over encounters people have had with him. Authorities declined to give details about the complaints or the investigation.

It was the most explicit statement yet by authorities that the criminal inquiry into Filner’s conduct is gaining traction and may not go away soon.

The deal struck after three days of mediation to get the mayor to resign does not cover any potential criminal prosecution, but it likely strengthens the city’s hand in resolving the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Filner’s former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson.

Under the terms of the deal, the city agreed to defend Filner in the current suit and any others that could be filed by current or former employees, city contractors or city volunteers. Filner will sign a waiver that allows the city to do this.

The waiver is needed because the city and the mayor’s defense of the suit, if done separately, could have been in conflict.

The city also has agreed to pay a maximum of $98,000 to Filner for any private lawyers he hires or consults with. Anything more than that, the mayor has to pay.

And if McCormack Jackson or others sue over Filner’s conduct as mayor and receive a financial settlement, the city will pay that.

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