How San Bernardino County is doing on its search for a new CEO






The search for a new San Bernardino County chief executive officer continues since the departure of Greg Devereaux on March 31, and former county Chief Operating Officer Dena Smith continues serving as interim CEO.

Devereaux announced in January he would be retiring by June, contingent upon the Board of Supervisors’ appointment of his replacement. Within two weeks of Devereaux’s announcement, the board appointed Smith as Devereaux’s temporary replacement.

Devereaux’s 10-year employment contract, however, allows him to remain a paid advisor to the county for the next three years.

Meanwhile, the search is on for someone to fill Devereaux’s shoes on a full-time basis.

“The county is looking at a number of qualified applicants. It is too early in the process to provide additional details, but the recruitment is going very well and the county looks forward to sharing more information at the appropriate time,” county spokesman David Wert said in an email. He would not disclose how many people have applied for the top county administrative position, nor if the county was looking to recruit anyone in particular for the job.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood declined to comment Friday.

Supervisor Josie Gonzales said Bridgegate Consultants, which the county has contracted with via purchase order, is “vested in filling a wide net of applicants and doing outreach that will provide us optimal choices as we go through the interview…

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