April 25, 2011 4:11 PM
Brooke Edwards, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Three city managers and two of Victorville’s attorneys were among those subpoenaed for testimony by the San Bernardino County Grand Jury as part of a two-year investigation into the city’s finances and management practices.

City Manager Jim Cox, Deputy City Manager Doug Robertson and Economic Development Director Keith Metzler were all issued subpoenas, according to a source close to the investigation.

“Having been with the city for almost nine years, including seven as Deputy City Manager, I was not surprised to be subpoenaed,” Robertson said via email Monday, shortly after he finished an interview with the grand jury. “As I told them, I am happy to provide any information they need. They admonished me not to discuss the subject matter of the interview so I cannot comment on that.”

Cox did not respond to a request regarding his subpoena, and Metzler was unavailable for comment Monday.

Though sources originally stated council members received the other two of five subpoenas issued last week, the Daily Press has since learned that City Attorney Andre de Bortnowsky and Deputy City Attorney Joan Stevens Smyth were also called for questioning by the grand jury.

“Mr. de Bortnowsky and I have no comment at this time,” Smyth, with Green, de Bortnowsky & Quintanilla, said in an emailed response.

The 19-member grand jury first began looking into reports of handshake deals and questionable contracts in Victorville in early spring 2009, and six citizens were held over from the 2009-10 watchdog group to continue the probe.

The grand jury puts out its annual report each July 1, though it’s not yet known whether the investigation into Victorville will be complete in two months.

Brooke Edwards may be reached at (760) 55-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.

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