The recent revelation that San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto was arrested and convicted of Penal Code section 647(b)—Engage, and agree to engage, in prostitution—and the handling of the situation by San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux brought to the forefront the issues caused by the non-interference clause enacted by the county’s Board of Supervisors in 2010. Devereaux used the clause to keep supervisors in the dark about what proved to be one of the most embarrassing incidents in the county’s recent history.
When Devereaux was appointed as County Administrative Officer in 2010, the board approved a contract that does not allow him to be terminated except under the most egregious circumstances. The requirements the board must go through to fire Devereaux are similar to that of removing an elected official.
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