May 06, 2010 4:39 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Days after claiming he’d been harassed and threatened for helping investigators in a corruption probe, the top aide to a county supervisor has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The county has informed Matt Brown, chief of staff to 2nd District Supervisor Paul Biane, that he should not return to work while the county looks into his allegations, county spokesman David Wert said.

“The reason for the paid leave is because he has alleged that he has received threats and intimidation in the workplace,” Wert said.

In a letter dated Monday, Brown sent his boss a letter revealing Brown had been seeking medical help due to “continued harassment, reprisal, retaliation or adverse action as a result of my cooperation with law enforcement.” On Tuesday, 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt called for an investigation into Brown’s claims.

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