Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto took the witness stand in the Rex Gutierrez trial Wednesday afternoon and assumed a very interesting position.

Lambero testified that salaried exempt county employees are required to work eighty (80) hours per pay period.

The statement by Lamberto goes against a memo he authored last year when tensions erupted at the county government center due to allegations of time card fraud in the Assessor’s office.

Supervisorial staff wanted to cover themselves in the event the situation exploded.

In the memo, Lamberto told board of supervisors staff that an exempt employees work week duration and hours was up to the employees supervisor, and paraphrasing the count exempt compensation plan, Lamberto said that salaried employees were required to work the hours necessary to accomplish their duties.

The advice memo was written at the request of a county supervisor’s office.

Gutierrez, a former employee under Assessor Bill Postmus and Rancho Cucamonga city councilman, is charged with three felonies related to alleged time card fraud in his position as a salaried exempt employee.