Andrew Lamberto

In this file photo, Andrew Lamberto addresses the board of supervisors on December 8, 2014 in San Bernardino.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/03/15 – 5:18 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Greg Devereaux, the chief executive officer of San Bernardino County, offered a public apology to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, referring to his decision to not immediately inform the county’s elected leaders that his human resources director, Andrew Lamberto, had been arrested and pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution.

The board directed Devereaux to work with the county’s attorneys to draft by Dec. 15 a policy for the board’s public consideration that would prevent a repeat of a similar situation.

Lamberto was cited on a misdemeanor charge on March 30 and informed Devereaux soon after.

Devereaux said in a statement that he had provided “significant discipline” to Lamberto in response. On Aug. 18, according to court records, Lamberto pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 days of CalTrans work in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and submitting to AIDS testing and education.

“Mr. chairman, members of the board, I would like to apologize publicly to every one of you, the county employees and the people of the county, for the way I handled the situation involving the county’s director of human resources,” Devereaux said. “I realize I put the board in a terrible, difficult situation. We have made great progress in creating a stigma-free work environment. It has been many years since our employees, which have won state and national awards for their innovative approach to public service, have had to endure an incident that reflects poorly on the organization.”

County Board Chairman James Ramos expressed disappointment that the board was not informed earlier about Lamberto.

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