San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus has resigned.


The embattled assessor, who previously represented Hesperia as First District Supervisor, tendered his resignation in a letter presented by his lawyer to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Friday afternoon.


"I will continue to closely monitor the operations of the assessor's office until a new assessor is appointed," said board president Gary Ovitt, in a written statement released to the media. "The removal process initiated by the board of supervisors will continue until the position of assessor becomes vacant. At that point I will consult with special counsel and determine which course of action the process should take."


"I am leaving my position as County Assessor to focus on restoring my personal health," Postmus' letter reads in part. "As news reports suggest, I am struggling to overcome a battle with substance abuse."


The letter comes three weeks after a police raid on Postmus' Rancho Cucamonga apartment found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The raid had been part of an investigation into Postmus' alleged political dealings while working as a county employee, which is illegal.


Victorville Daily Press reports had previously asserted Postmus had been in drug rehabilitation programs in an attempt to get out from under a methamphetamine addiction.


Following his arrest, the board of supervisors began the process of removing Postmus from office.


In his letter, Postmus said he will leave office on Friday, February 13.


"In the meantime, I have the utmost confidence in Assistant Assessor Dennis Draeger's ability to manage the department," Ovitt's letter concludes.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.