Posted: 09/15/2010 06:47:09 PM PDT

Nice try, Mark Uffer.

San Bernardino County’s former administrative officer, fired in November, cooked up a sneaky plan to defer his salary in a new position so he could take full advantage of county taxpayers. Luckily, his plan was foiled; he didn’t even get the job.

Uffer tried to land the chief executive officer spot at the Colorado River Medical Center in Needles. He proposed that the hospital pay him minimum wage from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 – but not because he’s willing to work cheap. He wanted to be paid $84,500 for the following three months, plus a “signing bonus” of $45,000 on Jan. 1.

Coincidentally, the county is paying him a full year’s salary, through November, which is to be reduced by any new income he receives during that period.

Gee, does the timing look suspicious? Ya think?

Supervisor Neil Derry said it was “clearly an intent to violate his own contract with us and the taxpayers.” Uffer said everything he has done has been on the up and up.

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