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Mark Saladino, Los Angeles County’s former chief attorney, claims the Board of Supervisors coerced his resignation by forcing him to issue a false press release and sign an agreement “under duress” when he stepped down from the job in June. Saladino, who moved to the position of assistant treasurer and tax collector, filed a claim for damages with the county this week.

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/11/15 – 1:52 PM PST |

Los Angeles County’s former chief attorney claims the Board of Supervisors coerced his resignation by forcing him to issue a false press release and sign an agreement “under duress” when he stepped down from the job in June.

Mark Saladino, who moved to the position of assistant treasurer and tax collector, filed a claim for damages with the county this week. A claim is typically the precursor to a lawsuit.

Saladino alleges that Supervisor Michael Antonovich called him to a June 10 meeting, where they were joined by Supervisor Hilda Solis and the board members’ private lawyer. They told Saladino he would be terminated “and demanded that he immediately announce his resignation by issuing a false press release, in exchange for another county job with lesser benefits and less prestige,” the Dec. 9 claim says. It also alleges Saladino, “under duress,” signed a handwritten agreement prepared by the private attorney.

In an email to department employees that week in June, Saladino announced his resignation, according to press reports. He did not explain why he was taking the new post. It is unclear which press release the claim references.

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