Pacheco

10:27 PM PST on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

A lawsuit that Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco filed against county executives and the board of supervisors over his demand to hire more staff was dismissed Wednesday.

The legal action was a dispute over whether the county had infringed on Pacheco’s claimed right to hire 10 lawyers and move two of his executives into positions that would protect them from being laid off when Paul Zellerbach takes office Monday.

Zellerbach defeated Pacheco in the June election.

The county said Pacheco tried to place all 12 of those assignments into positions that were frozen because of the tight budget.

Late Wednesday afternoon, court records showed a filing for dismissal. A hearing set for this morning was canceled.

“We have been advised that it has been dismissed,” said Deputy County Counsel L. Alexandra Fong.

The prime issue was resolved last week when nine of the people hired were given other positions. Two had left the DA’s office, and one of the requests for a voluntary demotion was withdrawn.

Pacheco claimed the county capitulated.

County officials claimed Pacheco backed off an effort to expand his office by seeking to fill the frozen positions. The nine job requests were granted when his office re-applied for funded positions.

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