Andrew Lamberto

Andrew Lamberto, left, director of human resources for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, William Foley, right, director and chief executive officer, address the board of supervisors during a hearing involving an injunction by Public Employment Relations Board on 60 key nursing positions at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Monday, December 8, 2014 in San Bernardino. (Staff File photo)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/26/15 – 6:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The county’s chief administrator waited too long in telling the Board of Supervisors that the county’s human resources head pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution, the board’s chairman said Monday.

Andrew Lamberto, the county Human Resources director, pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to a misdemeanor charge of agreeing to engage in prostitution. He was sentenced to 10 days of community service and three years of informal probation, as well as submitting to AIDS testing and education and a DNA sample.

But County CEO Greg Devereaux didn’t tell the public and county Board of Supervisors until last week.

“I was extremely disappointed that this situation was not brought to the Board’s attention earlier, given Mr. Lamberto’s position,” Chairman James Ramos said in a written statement Monday. “Immediately after receiving this notification, Vice Chairman (Robert) Lovingood and I decided that it was necessary to schedule time to discuss this with the CEO on Nov. 3, 2015.”

Ramos and Lovingood both declined to elaborate Monday.

Nonetheless, the county did take it seriously, Wert said.

“As Mr. Devereaux said in his statement (Friday), the matter was taken very seriously and these things are taken very seriously,” Wert said. “Personnel actions are confidential, so it’s unusual that the county would even disclose that. … The most significant was the last-chance agreement that was referenced in the statement, that any (further) transgression would result in termination.”

Wert was not authorized to disclose other portions of the discipline, he said.

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