October 20, 2010 5:32 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • The former chief of San Bernardino County’s solid waste management division is suing the county for wrongful termination and alleging he was retaliated against for protesting corrupt acts.

Peter Wulfman, 53, claims he was forced to resign from his post on March 20 after 17 years with the county, under the threat that he would otherwise be fired that same day. He filed the wrongful termination suit Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Wulfman’s attorney, Sanford A. Kassel, writes in the lawsuit that Wulfman “was held up to great derision, all because of his right to oppose corruption within the County of San Bernardino concerning the receipt of unreported gifts from consultants, illegal and unethical business practices of corruption and conflicts of interest involving the County of San Bernardino and some members of the Board of Supervisors and staff members.”

The lawsuit follows Wulfman’s Sept. 15 claim against the county seeking $4.9 million in damages for loss of earnings and medical costs related to mental and emotional distress.

The county rejected the claim on Sept. 23.

In regards to Wulfman’s corruption allegations, county spokesman David Wert said, “The county doesn’t believe that occurred, and the county doesn’t believe that the whistleblower allegations have any merit.”

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