By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/05/15, 6:14 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

A field representative for 3rd District county Supervisor and board chair James Ramos was arrested on suspicion of giving drugs to an inmate and was subsequently fired from his position with the county.

Michael Stephen Lipsitz was booked Wednesday night into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for allegedly handing drugs to a member of the inmate fire crew at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center near Devore. The Landers resident was released on bail Thursday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Lipsitz, 53, was hired in April to work as Ramos’ field representative in the Morongo Basin.

Thursday, Lipsitz said, he received a memo saying he was fired for just cause.

He denied the accusation that he supplied drugs to an inmate — he hasn’t been charged — and declined to comment further on the case.

“This is no reflection on the supervisor,” he said.

Ramos’ deputy chief of staff, Molly Wiltshire, said Ramos was “extremely disappointed” when he heard about Lipsitz’s arrest.

“He has a zero-tolerance policy for that type of behavior,” she said, “and he acted swiftly to terminate the contract of an at-will employee.”

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