Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.
San Bernardino County is trying to curtail damage and repair an image problem arising from the conviction of Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution.
The arrest, which occurred in Orange County back on March 27, 2015, was kept from county supervisors for more than seven months.
The disclosure of the arrest on local blog iepolitics.com resulted in a flurry of Southern California news coverage, which made the county appear woefully inept, to say the least.
County supervisors have publicly chastised their chief executive officer for withholding the Lamberto arrest and conviction information from them. For him it will likely end there.
Now comes news the county has finally placed him on paid administrative leave. A move that should have happened sooner rather than later.
Lamberto has also resigned from an adjunct teaching position at California State University, San Bernardino. I might add, a teaching position where he would actually make members of his staff teach class for him.
Expect Lamberto to formally depart the county at some point. The big question will be whether or not he’ll secure a severance package.
One supervisor took you Youtube yesterday to express her displeasure over the ordeal. The video is succinct and to the point.
Here are the links to the latest news coverage:
The Press-Enterprise: S.B. COUNTY: HR director in prostitution case placed on leave; CEO criticized
The Sun / Daily Bulletin: SEIU demands ouster of San Bernardino County CEO & HR director