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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/30/16 – 4:58 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman has fired his chief of staff, Mike Spence, after Spence was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and admitted to battling drug and alcohol addictions for more than 20 years.

Although Hagman said in prior interviews he had no intention of deciding Spence’s fate on his staff until Spence recovered from injuries suffered in his DUI-related crash in Covina on June 12, Hagman posted a news release on his website the day before Thanksgiving announcing he was not renewing Spence’s employment contract.

“It is my sincere hope and wish that Mike continues to find success in his new endeavors,” Hagman said in the release. “Mike helped navigate many issues on behalf of taxpayers and constituents in the time that he worked for my office and I sincerely appreciate his efforts in service to the county and the Fourth District.”

Spence’s last day as Hagman’s chief of staff was Nov. 11, according to the news release.

Spence remains a West Covina councilman and said he has no intention of resigning his seat amid his criminal case and admissions.

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Spence was short on words.

“I’m hoping that my arm heals in time so I can be a mall Santa,” Spence said, declining further comment.

Hagman represents San Bernardino County’s Fourth District, which includes the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Ontario and Upland. He did not return telephone calls seeking additional comment.

Spence, 50, pleaded not guilty to his DUI charge in West Covina Superior Court on Oct. 20. His next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7.

Following his accident in June in which he suffered serious injuries including a broken hip, femur, back and ribs, Spence admitted to having battled alcohol and drug addictions for more than 20 years and that he had suffered blackouts. He said he had no recollection of his collision with a utility pole near the intersection of Azusa Avenue and Cypress Street, and was seeking a copy of the accident report for details.

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