Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

Curt Hagman

November 22, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

A strong-minded incoming county supervisor and two strong personality chief’s of staff will be coming to the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center on December 1.

Outgoing State Assemblyman Curt Hagman will replace retiring Gary Ovitt. Hagman will bring with him long-time republican politico Mike Spence as his chief of staff

Spence is known as someone who’s not afraid of a fight.

Also coming to the show is Former City Manager Andy Takata, as the new chief of staff to Supervisor Janice Rutherford. Takata will replace the low-key Chad Mayes, who was elected to the State Assembly on November 4.

Takata is a good choice by Rutherford. His type of experience is needed on the board side of the equation.

Hagman is the first state legislator to come to the board since fellow Republican Fred Aguiar. Aguiar was another strong-willed politician who took no prisoners.

It’s no secret, that in San Bernardino County, the Board of Supervisors have been esssentially relegated to figure-head status.

Several years ago, County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux, convinced the county supervisors to relinquish their authority to him. Along with that move came a title change, for Devereaux, to that of Chief Executive Officer.

Since then Devereaux is unaffectionately referred to as “The King” by some on the board and their staffs.

What’s transpired since has some supervisors disgusted and unhappy, but lacking the requisite intestinal fortitude to reverse course, thus leaving them with their essentially bumpkin status.

But, in the end, they did it to themselves.

Now back to Hagman. A person who definitely isn’t going to go along with the current, Banana Republic, governed by the Acalde, form of government. But then again, it’s still a Banana Republic, and we all know how that goes.

If Hagman can cobble together three votes, including himself, he and his colleagues may, once again, have a say in holding county staff accountable.

Devereaux finishes his fifth year in February, and he has already been granted a three-year extension to his contract. That gives him eight years in the county pension system. He needs to reach ten to vest a new pension from the county system. Devereaux, who’s base salary is $305,000, already receives a pension from the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) of roughly $195,000 per year.

If Devereaux makes it ten years then he will garner another pension in the $130,000 to $150,000 range.