10:40 PM PST on Monday, January 11, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enteprise

San Bernardino County supervisors appear likely to appoint a new county administrative officer at their meeting today.

The agenda includes a closed-session discussion on the possible appointment of a county administrator and, in the public part of the meeting, approval of a contract for whoever is hired. The contract was not available Monday but a report from board Chairman Gary Ovitt said the agenda item was “posted in anticipation there will be an announcement from closed session.”

Speculation has focused on Ontario City Manager Greg Devereaux, whose name has been brought up by a couple of supervisors.

The supervisors began searching for a new administrator last month after firing Mark Uffer, who had been in the position since 2004.

Supervisor Neil Derry said Monday the board members are near a consensus, and he is hopeful an appointment will be made at today’s meeting.

“The person the board would like to hire has significant experience in economic development and redevelopment as well as working with organizations to meet their highest potential,” Derry said.

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