San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen
ryan.hagen@ inlandnewspapers.com @sbcitynow on Twitter
Posted: 05/23/2013 07:28:06 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — If the City Council thought it took care of the conflict of interest inherent in having officials targeted by a recall campaign handle that same recall by asking the county to take over, it might not be so simple.

The county chief executive officer and top lawyer have both advised against assuming that responsibility, so it probably won’t even be put on the board of supervisor’s agenda for a vote, said county spokesman David Wert.

“Things are very contentious over there,” Wert said. “If the county were to assume responsibility of this process, regardless of what decision it came to, there would be one faction or another that would accuse the county of some form of bias. ”

It’s not that the county doesn’t want to help, he said, but the fact that two supervisors represent parts of San Bernardino – the county seat – means there still would be conflicts, he said.

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