Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 12:50 p.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a lawsuit filed by its former chief executive Tuesday morning.

County Supervisors on a 3-2 vote agreed to pay Mark Uffer the sum of $650,000 to end a lawsuit over alleged whistle-blower retaliation.

The settlement, combined with Uffer’s previously exhausted severance package, places his post-employment compensation at more than $1 million.

Uffer also receives a six-figure annual pension from the county retirement system.

The now disposed of case was scheduled to go to trial in early April.

Uffer is reportedly in-play for a position with Prime Healthcare Services involving their contract at financially-troubled Victor Valley Community Hospital.

There is speculation that Uffer, who originally demanded $15 million, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses preparing for trial.

Uffer’s legal counsel is San Bernardino-based attorney Sanford Kassel.