Former Hermosa Beach Mayor Jack Wood will not face charges for improperly enrolling his girlfriend in the city's insurance program before they were married, the county district attorney's office announced this week.
"The man did wrong, there's no doubt about it," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Herb Lapin, adding that ethics and legality are different issues.
Wood was critical of the six-month investigation into the matter. "The investigation, as far as I'm concerned, was nonexistent," he said. "I imagine because the charges were absolutely groundless, there wasn't too much to investigate."
Wood has admitted that he enrolled his girlfriend, Helena Toulmet, in the city's insurance program from November, 1984, to March, 1985, listing her last name as Toulmet-Wood and reporting a wedding date of Sept. 25, 1984. The couple actually were married on May 17, 1986, Wood said.