The city manager of Bell, who has been under fire since a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that he earns $787,000 a year, was arrested in March on suspicion of drunk driving after he allegedly crashed into a residential mailbox in Huntington Beach.
Robert Rizzo, 56, was arrested in March with a blood-alcohol level of .28, more than three times the legal limit, in the 1900 block of Pine Street at 9:50 p.m. March 6, officials said.
He was allegedly so intoxicated and stumbling around "that the officer could not have him finish the field sobriety test," said Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff at the Orange County district attorney's office.
Rizzo, a Huntington Beach resident, was one of three city administrators, along with four councilmembers, who caused outrage after the Times uncovered that they made extremely high salaries for the small, poor city in Los Angeles. Rizzo agreed to step down Friday and will leave his office in August without a severance package, the Times reported.