Dennis Kneier
Dennis Kneier

SAN MARINO -- The mayor of this moneyed town resigned his post Wednesday, 10 days after he was caught on surveillance video flinging a bag of dog poop into his neighbor's yard.

Dennis Kneier will stay on as city councilman. The council will meet next week to select a new mayor.

In his resignation letter, Kneier admits his actions were inconsiderate, disrespectful and wrong.

"I have apologized to my neighbor for my action, and I will pay a fine for littering," Kneier wrote. "These events continue to be embarrassing to me and to the city. Because of this, I have decided to step down as mayor.

Image from surveillance video
Image from surveillance video (Los Angeles News Group)
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On June 7, resident Philip Lao found a black bag of dog poop on his side walkway. He reported the incident to the San Marino police and showed them a video recording of the incident. Officers later cited the mayor for littering.

On June 11, about 100 people attended a city council meeting to express their opinion about what they called "Poopgate" and Kneier's public service record. The room capacity for Council Chambers is 49.

"This has been a challenging few days for our city, and we are hopeful that with Mr. Kneier's decision - with his public and private expressions of regret for the incident - we could move forward," Sun said. "I think Mr. Kneier has done quite a few positive things for our community and it's regrettable that this happened. But I think ... he will work hard to restore the public's covenant in him."

San Marino is a town of 13,000 people adjacent to Pasadena, with a median household income of about $200,000 and a median home price of nearly $2 million. It is known for its well-landscaped neighborhoods.

Kneier has served on the city council for seven years and began his second term as mayor in January.

"I've done the very best I can to serve the city well, and I will continue to do that as a member of the city council," Kneier said. "I was elected to serve as a city councilman, and I will continue to serve in the position that I was elected. I'm not going to let the voters down. I'm not going to let our city down, and I think I can be an effective member of the city council."

"I regret the fact that I did what I did," Kneier said. "Some people said it was a minor thing, but I'm not making any excuses whatsoever. I've apologized. I will pay a fine for it, but it's not the end of the world, and I will continue on."