Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing says County Board Chairman Todd Wiltgen should give him the constitutional benefit of the doubt.
Wiltgen has never contacted him about the "truth" behind the criminal charges he faces, Stebbing said in a letter to Wiltgen, published on Stebbing's Facebook page on Sunday.
"It appears to me you are simply obtaining information, forming an opinion and coming to a conclusion from biased media reports," Stebbing wrote.
Wiltgen, a Republican, has called for Stebbing, also a Republican, to resign his elected position in light of the criminal prosecution.
Wiltgen said he did contact Stebbing after the charges were filed to personally encourage him to resign but not to talk about the charges.
"This isn't about Andy, or his guilt or innocence. It is not personal," said Wiltgen.
"This is about the integrity of county government and the treasurer's office," he said.
Stebbing needs to step aside and focus on his legal situation, Wiltgen added. "Then the county treasurer's office can move forward under committed and trusted leadership."
In the Facebook conversation related to the letter, Stebbing said he was innocent of all five criminal charges, related to selling cars without a dealer’s license, helping customers evade taxes and filing fraudulent state income taxes.
The criminal proceeding hasn't reached the stage yet where Stebbing would officially make a plea.