Royal Palm Beach Mayor Frederick Pinto faces a battery charge after he was arrested this week following an incident with his wife.
Pinto, 67, said he and his wife got into a "heated argument" on Monday.
The mayor said the sheriff's deputies took him into custody for a "cooling off period."
Pinto said he tried to push his wife from a door, but he didn't hit her and she wasn't hurt.
He is scheduled to be court Dec. 11 to face the charge.