Councilwoman Wendy McCammack and others call on Pat Morris to step aside while the FBI investigates San Bernardino airport


Published: 03 October 2011 09:56 PM

A San Bernardino city councilwoman and several members of the public on Monday called on Mayor Pat Morris to step aside from his positions atop two boards that oversee San Bernardino International Airport while the FBI investigates operations there.

Morris was the only elected official named in a search warrant the FBI served Sept. 21 seeking evidence of a relationship between airport developer Scot Spencer and several other individuals that would indicate conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud and money laundering.

Morris is president of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and co-chair of the Inland Valley Development Agency, which oversees the development of the non-aviation functions of the former Norton Air Force Base.

“I think it would be a great step on your part — (a) very honorable step as a matter of fact — to allow the mayor pro tem to sit in your stead during the investigation,” Councilwoman Wendy McCammack said during the council meeting. “And there’s nobody saying anybody is guilty of anything.”

San Bernardino residents Roger Henderson and Ron Coats said Morris should resign as mayor.

Residents Barbara Babcock and Jim Smith said he should not step down.

Morris said he isn’t going anywhere.

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