Sunday, August 22, 2010 – 05:00 am
Former San Bernardino County chief executive Mark Uffer wasn’t really known for his common sense.
His lawsuit against the county is a prime example.
Sources tell The Insider that Uffer’s lawyer, San Bernardino-based Sanford Kassel, is threatening to drag county officials through the mud in a series of depositions he’s planning.
The only bullet remaining in his gun is to try and persuade county supervisors to pay Uffer off. But, it doesn’t seem like anyone’s intimidated by Uffer or his lawyer. County supes are described as pissed off and angry over Uffer’s greed.
The threats aren’t working.
Earlier this month Uffer’s lawsuit was cut down by Superior Court Judge Don Alvarez. The lawsuit now hangs on just one single cause of action related to whistle-blower retaliation.
Uffer is going to have to prove county officials knew he was “allegedly” cooperating with law enforcement and the grand jury related to various investigations into county operations, including dime-ing them off, and was fired as a result of his actions.
County Counsel Ruth “It’s not her money” Stringer is said to have tried to carry water for Uffer and actually had the gall to float to county supes the idea of a million dollar payday to this guy.
Why is it the fault of the county that Uffer, who was discharged without cause, ran his mouth all over town about his activities thereby damaging his marketability?
Sources say county supervisors met Stringer’s idea with a strong rebuke, and at this point will fight Uffer, who is currently collecting on a one-year severance package worth more than $400,000 in total compensation.
Uffer will also be eligible for a nice six-figure pension at the end of his severance period.