August 13, 2010 9:03 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The No. 2 employee in charge of the city’s Water District has filed a claim against Victorville, alleging he was retaliated against for reporting possible investment fraud and other “financial improprieties” to his bosses and to the San Bernardino County Grand Jury.

Steve Borrowman claims the city responded by stripping him of his ability to perform his job, creating a hostile work environment and constituting an adverse job action.

The city declined to comment on the potential litigation, spokeswoman Yvonne Hester said by phone Thursday.

Borrowman was an employee of the Victor Valley Water District when the city took it over in 2007. He was hired on as a city employee then, taking the title of chief financial officer in charge of the district’s budget and responsible for interacting with Victorville’s auditors.

According to the claim included in the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting, Borrowman approached Water District Director Reggie Lamson on Dec. 14 reporting his “reasonable belief” that the city was “engaged in financial improprieties.” He made this same report to Deputy City Manager Doug Robertson on Dec. 16, the claim states, also notifying Robertson that he intended to report his findings to the San Bernardino County Grand Jury.

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