Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – 09:30 p.m.

The heat seems to be climbing in former county administrative officer Mark H. Uffer’s lawsuit against the County of San Bernardino.

A lawsuit stemming from Uffer’s termination last year.

Uffer claims he was fired by county supervisors on a 3-2 vote because he was cooperating with investigators focusing on alleged county corruption.

A superior court judge has already reduced Uffer’s lawsuit down to one single cause of action related to whistle-blower retaliation.

Now Uffer attorney Sanford Kassel is going to court in an attempt to force county officials to answer deposition questions.

The county is now trying to seek the return of documents Uffer is alleged to have illegally misappropriated before his departure.

Attorney-client privileged materials.