An El Cajon city councilwoman whose house was recently searched by federal agents resigned on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the City of El Cajon.
“After serious consideration, I reluctantly submit my resignation,” she said in the letter.
Mayor of El Cajon Mark Lewis called it a "surprise" and told NBCSanDiego Hanson-Cox is a "very valued person" who's "really going to be missed."
Friends said she was planning for a third term on the city council and political observers called her a "real community leader.” They were mystified when federal agents searched Hanson-Cox's home on Catalpa Way, not far from El Cajon City Hall, and her Kearny Mesa business.
Neighbors said Hanson-Cox, who grew up in El Cajon, home hasn't been seen at her house in two weeks.
Political consultant John Hoy said Hanson-Cox has thanked her friends for their support, but has not answered any questions about the federal investigation.
"She had a very sterling reputation as a real straight shooter," Hoy said. "So this is exactly why we're surprised."
FBI agents would not answer any questions about the investigation involving Hanson-Cox.
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