San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux announced that he will retire Thursday. (File photo)

By David Downey, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 01/19/17 – 12:15 PM PST |

San Bernardino County’s chief executive, who is credited with stabilizing county government finances, announced Thursday he plans to retire by the end of June.

Greg Devereaux, 65, has been the county’s top unelected official since February 2010. Devereaux, who was previously city manager for Ontario and Fontana, earns a yearly salary of $318,909, county spokesman David Wert said.

Devereaux said that after retirement he plans to advise the county Board of Supervisors for about three years to complete a 10-year contract that called for him to be paid $91,000 for consulting work.

The exact timing of Devereaux’s departure as chief executive officer will depend on the transition to a replacement, he said. Supervisors are set to discuss the topic in closed session Tuesday.

Devereaux is the county’s longest-serving chief executive in more than two decades. He came on at a time when the Colonies bribery scandal was raging and county finances were in trouble.

“We are financially in much better shape than when I got here,” Devereaux said.

He is also credited with restoring integrity to the huge and influential local government.

“He really led the effort to change the culture of county government in a very positive, common sense and ethical direction,” Supervisor Janice Rutherford said by phone.

Supervisor Josie Gonzales echoed that sentiment.

“When we hired Greg, we wanted to take the county in a new, positive direction,” Gonzales said in a written statement. “Greg understood what we meant by that and he worked very hard under sometimes difficult circumstances to help us achieve our vision of an ethical, responsive, compassionate and effective county organization.”

Not everyone was a fan.

Devereaux locked horns with unions, as officials sought to negotiate deals that would help put the county on a stronger financial footing.

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