Piedmont mayor resigns after posting controversial comments

Piedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler

The Mayor of Piedmont has resigned after making controversial comments on his Facebook page. 

According to city council members, Jeff Wieler sent his letter of resignation to the city Administrator and other council members Saturday night.

According to the East Bay Times, Wieler posted that transgender people are "mentally ill", liberals are "un-American", and the Black Lives Matter movement encourages cop killing.

The paper says he made the comments during a Facebook conversation with a Piedmont resident.

Wieler's letter of resignation reads: 

"It is with regret that I tender my resignation from the position of Mayor, effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017. I realize my continuation in the position is no longer tenable for the City Council. After a quarter century of volunteering for Piedmont in various roles, I regret the impact this has had upon the City I love and the men and women in the staff who do such a find job for our citizens. My thanks to them and you for the support I have been shown throughout my time on the City Council and as Mayor. I am proud of what I accomplished as a civic volunteer. I am less proud of how my service as Mayor is ending."

Wieler's Facebook page is now private.