Madeira Beach City Commissioner Nancy Oakley submitted her resignation on Tuesday but insisted she was innocent, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The Florida Commission on Ethics fined Oakley $5,000 in January and called on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue a public reprimand of her alleged actions.
Oakley, according to the Times, did not plan to run for re-election and her run as city commissioner would’ve ended in March.
A former city official reportedly filed the ethics complaint against Oakley two years ago, saying she’d sexually harassed him by licking his face and groping him at a public event.
According to a report from the ethics commission, Oakley licked City Manager Shane Crawford “up the side of his neck and face” and then groped his crotch and buttocks. When Crawford’s executive assistant said Oakley’s actions were inappropriate, Oakley allegedly “threw a punch” at the woman.
Crawford told Bay 9 News last month that Oakley had a “habit of licking men that either she was attracted to or thought that she had authority over.”
“She starts here and goes all the way up to the point where you can’t stand it anymore and that’s after consuming enough (alcohol) and smoking enough cigarettes,” he reportedly said.
Oakley reportedly said she plans to appeal an ethics violation ruling from the commission.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.