El Cajon City Councilwoman Resigns

Jillian Hanson-Cox has served on city council since 2004

By Sarah Grieco and Paul Krueger
|  Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012  |  Updated 7:56 PM PDT
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Jillian Hanson-Cox served on the El Cajon City Council since 2004.

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El Cajon Councilwoman Resigns

Political consultant John Hoy tells NBC 7 that he was surprised to hear when El Cajon Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox retired a few days after her home was searched by agents. Mari Payton reports.
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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.

Jillian Hanson-Cox wrote a letter to the mayor and council members saying recent events have “given rise to a burden and demand” on her time. Hanson-Cox was El Cajon's deputy mayor.

“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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