By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/16 – 10:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, is making some rather unconventional changes to his staff, while his colleague, Supervisor Janice Rutherford, is picking up his former chief of staff.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved employment contracts for Ramos’ Field Representative Molly Wiltshire and Policy Advisor Sandra Maravilla to serve in the dual role as his deputy chief of staff.

The two will replace John Futch, who on Tuesday announced his retirement.

“John’s been a great employee championing issues in the Third District, and we’re going to miss him dearly,” Ramos said in a telephone interview.

He said Maravilla and Wiltshire will each have their own responsibilities, and he doesn’t expect any problems with them serving the dual function of deputy chief of staff.

“It’s my decision, and we’re running with it. I think it’s the best thing at this point for the Third District,” Ramos said. “It shows a team approach to our staff to tackle issues coming forward.”

Also Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved an employment contract with Ramos’ former chief of staff, Phil Paule, to serve as Rutherford’s chief of staff, which will be her third since she was elected to the board in November 2010.

Paule replaces Andy Takata, who is retiring in January. Paule previously served as Ramos’ chief of staff from 2012 to mid-July, when he left Ramos’ employ to work as Rep. Darrell Issa’s campaign manager.Before taking the job as Rutherford’s chief of staff nearly two years ago, Takata was Yucca Valley’s city manager. Takata replaced Rutherford’s first chief of staff, Chad Mayes, when Mayes was elected to the state Assembly in November 2014. Mayes previously served as the mayor of Yucca Valley.

Rutherford said she has known Paule since 1990, when she was working for her mentor, Sen. Bill Leonard. She said she recommended Paule to Ramos for the chief of staff position when Ramos was elected county supervisor.

Ramos disputed claims that Paule’s departure was the result of a dispute over how the Third District office was being run, and said Paule’s departure was on good terms.

Reached by telephone Friday, Paule also disputed the claims.

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