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Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Comedy is starting to make a comeback on the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center, located at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, in lovely downtown San Bernardino.

I left out bankrupt.

We’ve written about, and also redistributed other stories, on the subject of the county administration’s desire to revise the charter. You know? The document that establishes the county government, and how it operates.

Well some interesting machinations have evolved over the past several months.

But let’s go through some background first.

When Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux was hired, county supes gave him a lavish contract, plus additional protections not afforded any of his predecessors. Mr. Devereaux can only be terminated “without cause” by a four-fifths vote of the board. Eventually county supervisors, keyword in the title here being that of “supervisor”, handed over their “supervisory” power to Mr. Devereaux, by way of a “revocable” ordinance.

Now county supervisors cannot make any inquiry, of any department, without going through Mr. Devereaux.

A nuance that Devereaux would like to see made part of the charter, by voters.

But in order for the power grab to become permanent, county supervisors must first agree to send the measure to the voters.

Can you say “spayed and neutered” boys and girls?

But it now seems the power grab has started some simmering sarcasim amongst the board.

Devereaux is now being openly referred to as “The King” by board staff. The reference isn’t just being used internally. It’s being used in conversations with constituents.

The obviously negative canotation can’t be good for any charter revision granting “The King” permanent power over the Kingdom.

Henry VIII

Maybe Devereaux should change his name to Henry Tudor.