“After several hours in closed session Friday, Orange County Supervisors took no formal action on the fate of County CEO Tom Mauk in the wake of criminal charges being filed against a former county manager for sexual assault,” according to the Voice of OC.
Supervisor John Moorlach told the L.A. Times that ” Mauk’s performance evaluation had been continued to July 24.”
The O.C. Register reported that: “Mauk’s head wound up on the chopping block because of concerns among some of the supervisors over how he and Carl Crown, then the county’s human resources director, handled an investigation into Bustamante’s treatment of female employees after anonymous accusations were made in August 2011.”
The main issue raised by Moorlach and Supervisor Shawn Nelson is that the Bustamante sex crime allegations were not referred to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, after an outside law firm conducted an investigation of the allegations.
Crown retired after the Bustamante case blew up. Bustamante’s boss, Jess Carbajal, was put on paid leave. We will have to wait now until July 24 to see if Mauk or anyone else at the County, such as Rob Richardson, will be disciplined, or fired.
Supervisor Bill Campbell has argued that Mauk did his job correctly. Campbell’s view is that Mauk got an abuser out of the office and solved the problem without triggering large liability for taxpayers, according to the Voice of OC.
Campbell is, as usual, full of crap. And he even called Moorlach’s leadership into doubt.
Supervisor Janet Nguyen is siding with Campbell, which is no surprise. She is a longtime ally of Mauk.
According to the Voice of OC, Supervisor Pat Bates could be the swing vote in determining whether or not to hold Mauk accountable. Let’s hope she doesn’t side with the irresponsible cover-up duo, Nguyen and Campbell, who both endorsed Bustamante when he ran for reelection to the Santa Ana City Council in 2008, according to Smart Voter.