Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper isn't calling on Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to resign because of the sexually suggestive text messages the mayor admits to sending to an officer.

At a press conference Tuesday, the governor said the city council would handle the situation.

That's a stark contrast from when Hickenlooper called for the resignation of former State Representative Steve Lebsock over sexual harassment allegations. The governor told KUNC reporter Bente Birkeland in November that:

"Well, when first asked, I didn’t know the facts. As the facts become apparent, certainly he (Lebsock) should resign."

9NEWS reporter Brandon Rittiman asked the governor Tuesday what the difference between the two cases is.

Hickenlooper responded, "I might have been premature at that point (when he mentioned Lebsock's resignation), I don't know. But at this point they're (city council) still creating, working on their process."

The governor's office told 9NEWS last week that the difference in the cases was not that Lebsock was elected to the state legislature, and Hancock was elected on the local level.

A spokesperson also said then that the governor doesn't feel it's his place to say Hancock should resign.

Hancock has said he apologizes for sending the messages to the officer six years ago. She was a member of his security detail.

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