By Joe Nelson
Posted: 08/30/2010 12:46:34 PM PDT

The former chief of staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane has withdrawn a complaint alleging he was repeatedly harassed for cooperating in corruption probe as part of a settlement deal with the county.

Matt Brown, who now works as the assistant county recorder, approached County Administrative Officer Greg Deveraux last week to say he wanted to drop his May 3 written complaint addressed to Biane and carbon copied to the other four board members. A human resources investigation was subsequently launched.

“I am as surprised today by Matt’s letter as I was on the day I received it,” Biane said in a statement today. “I am pleased that the matter has been resolved and I wish Matt and his family the best as he tackles the responsibilities of his new position with the county. I consider Matt a close friend, and know he will succeed in his future endeavors.”

The county will pay Brown $25,000 to cover his attorney fees as part of a 4-page settlement agreement signed by Brown today.

Brown alleged in his letter that he had been subjected to daily harassment, retaliation and veiled threats of termination for cooperating in the investigation by state and local prosecutors regarding the county’s $102 million settlement with Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Colonies Partners in November 2006.

Prosecutors allege the settlement, approved by Biane and supervisors Gary Ovitt and then board Chairman Bill Postmus, was tainted by bribery and extortion.

No county attorney or outside counsel signed off on the settlement, which the county and

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