Matthews mayor pro tem resigns after assault charges

The mayor pro tem of Matthews resigned Wednesday after facing charges for physical assault.

Police officers were called to Joseph Pata's home Friday. Police say they found a woman with a head injury. Pata was charged and has since been released from jail. 

The resignation stated, "I have enjoyed my service to the Town of Matthews over the past several years. I appreciate my fellow elected officials and our excellent staff. I want nothing but the very best for the town and my fellow citizens. At this time, I need to focus my energies on my family. If I cannot give one-hundred percent to my duties as a member of the Board of Commissioners, I must step down. I hereby resign my elected office as a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Town of Matthews, North Carolina effective immediately."