The mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell, California, was released on bail early Tuesday after his arrest last week on corruption charges, sheriff's deputies said.
Eight current and former Bell, California, city officials - including Mayor Oscar Hernandez - were arrested in connection with a probe conducted by the Los Angeles County district attorney. High salaries paid to city officials sparked local outrage and national attention when they came to light in July.
Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia resigned after media reports they were each making several hundred thousand dollars a year.
California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown sued eight current and former officials "to recover the excess salaries" that Bell officials were being paid. He also was pursuing a reduction of their pension benefits.