Tuesday, January 4, 2011 – 01:55 p.m.

A San Benardino County Superior Court judge has ordered the County’s former chief executive to return documents he misappropriated prior to his departure.

The ruling, issued yesterday by Judge John Pacheco, orders ousted county administrative officer Mark Uffer to return privileged documents to his former employer.

The order stems from ligitation Uffer initiated against his former employer, which alleges he was fired for protected whistle-blower activities.

The ruling deals a second blow to Uffer’s lawsuit.

Last year Pacheco dismissed all but one of Uffer’s four orginal claims.