Note: Examiner went down about 10 minutes after I posted my story. It is been up and down for hours. I posted the same story with a different title in hopes that you can read it.
The civil case brought out the who’s who of San Bernardino County administrators. Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux, disgraced former Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto, former fire union boss Bret Henry, and San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig were all subpoenaed to testify in Corley v. County of San Bernardino. In the end, the jurors said that Hartwig, Devereaux, and Lamberto lacked credibility and seemed unimpressed and unmoved with the explanations offered by the other county witnesses.
After less than a day of deliberations, eleven jurors voted in favor of awarding $704,000 to George Corley, a former battalion chief with the county, $550,000 of which was for damages. Jurors hugged Corley and thanked him for his service.
The history behind the lawsuit is long. It goes back to Devereaux’s early days when he, with the help of then Fire Local 935 President Bret Henry, began to dismantle County Fire’s executive team in an effort to promote their friends into leadership positions.
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