SAN BERNARDINO Former embattled County Assessor Bill Postmus has checked himself into a drug rehabilitation center to beat his addiction to methamphetamine, reportedly his third stint in rehab.

sought this treatment program because he is focused now on beating this
terrible affliction once and for all," said Postmus spokesman Ted
Lehrer. "He's determined to conquer this, and he's grateful that even
his political opponents have encouraged him to beat this addiction and
get back to better health."

Postmus, 37, will not disclose the location or specific length
of the drug treatment program he voluntary entered on Friday, but the
program will be long-term and "extensive," according to Lehrer.

"He would prefer to keep his location private as he deals with
this," Lehrer said, "however he's focused on restoring his health and
getting his life back."

In March 2007 Postmus sought treatment for methamphetamine abuse
at Pine Ridge Treatment Center in Lucerne Valley, and in October 2006
Postmus checked into a rehabilitation center in Washington state.

As part of a year-long investigation by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office, officials arrested Postmus on Jan. 15 after they said they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in
his Rancho Cucamonga townhouse. The contraband was discovered on a day
when the district attorney served 10 search warrants at Postmus'
office, home and other locations, reportedly in connection with a
corruption investigation.

Postmus, who resigned from his elected post as county assessor in February, has not been charged with a crime.

In January Lehrer's former position as communications director
for the San Bernardino County Assessor's Office was eliminated by the
county Board of Supervisors, along with Greg Eyler, taxpayer advocate
for the assessor. Lehrer now serves as private media liaison to
Postmus, Lehrer said.