Tuesday, January 10, 2012 – 11:25 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, while adopting cuts to their own benefits package, wouldn’t go near a proposal by Third District Supervisor Neil Derry to have the cuts apply to all of the county’s elected officials on Tuesday morning.

Derry was unable to obtain even a second to his substitute motion to include Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator Rod Hoops, District Attorney Michael Ramos, Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and Assessor-Recorder Dennis Draeger in the reductions.

Supervisors Josie Gonzales and Gary Ovitt spoke in favor of delaying any action and to have the matter studied further.

Gonzales also spoke in favor of not cutting benefits of the other officials.

Even though the county human resources staff had already completed a survey of surrounding counties.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the reason the supes are afraid.

But, Ovitt did state for the record to the county-wide officials that no one is elected to public office for the money, but to serve the taxpayers.

Supervisor Janice Rutherford commented that the benefits of the others also appeared out of line.

The approved cuts are indeed a long time in coming and will save county taxpayers about a quarter-million dollars per year.