State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is divorcing wife Nadia Lockyer, the former Alameda County Board of Supervisors representative from District 2 who after months of a .
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bill Lockyer, 71, filed for divorce on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences with Nadia Lockyer, 41, his wife of nine years. The state treasurer also wants custody of the couple’s 8-year-old son, the newspaper reports.
Bill Lockyer's spokesman, Tom Dresslar, confirmed the filing on Monday.
Dresslar said Bill Lockyer wants the divorce petition "to be resolved to serve the best interests of his son" and "to be handled as privately and amicably as possible." Nadia Lockyer's attorney, Bruce Jobson, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
The action comes three months after Nadia Lockyer resigned from public office, saying she needed to focus on recovery from a drug addiction and on taking care of their son.
She told the Chronicle that she and Bill Lockyer had agreed to divorce earlier but that an argument last week caused him to act faster than planned.
"My husband and I have differed on how to protect the family," Nadia Lockyer told the Chronicle. "I feel he has abandoned me and my child and it's created an unsafe circumstance."
At 5:10 p.m. on Friday, shortly after Bill Lockyer filed for divorce, Nadia Lockyer was talking on her cell phone when she went off the road while driving in the 3690 block of Oakes Drive in Hayward, near the couple's home in the Hayward hills, according to Hayward police spokesman Sgt. Eric Krimm.
He said Lockyer's car hit a light pole and struck a tree and she suffered some facial cuts and complained of pain in her arm. Krimm said her car's air bag deployed so she was taken to a hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure but she was treated and released. Lockyer was alone in her car and didn't injure anyone else, he said.
Investigators determined that the accident was caused by unsafe turning and inattention due to using her call phone but there's no indication she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Krumm said. Lockyer was not cited and no charges are pending because she was the only person injured in the accident, he said.
Bay City New Service also contributed to this article.