The blatant hypocrisy of it all is startling even in a county in its third decade of corruption scandals—a county that has seen three chairman indicted, a board member convicted of money laundering, two chiefs of staff under indictment, department heads imprisoned, two administrative officers charged by the feds with one serving time in prison, and a long list of improprieties by county officials. Now with the Chief Executive Officer caught in a cover-up, members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors face an ethical dilemma most board watchers expect to result in anything but an ethical solution.
On Oct. 21, 2015, after verifying an anonymous tip, an Inland Empire blog, iePolitics.com, broke the story that San Bernardino County Human Resources Directors Andrew Lamberto was arrested in March of this year for soliciting a prostitute. He responded to an advertisement and walked into a sting operation.
Lamberto was convicted in August. He was required to complete ten days of CalTrans service, attend John School, submit to an HIV test, give a DNA sample, and serve three years on probation. Two months after the conviction, his boss, Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux, still had not told board members despite the fact that Lamberto is often called upon to act on the board members’ behalf.
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