By Michael P. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux — who has held the post since February 2010 — has announced plans to retire by the end of the current fiscal year.
After nearly 40 years in public service, Devereaux announced his decision Thursday (January 19). The Board of Supervisors will discuss the transition during its next board meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, in the Covington Chambers of the County Government Center in San Bernardino.
“It’s been a great privilege,” the 65-year-old Devereaux stated in a media release. “I wish to thank the Board of Supervisors, all of the County’s employees and the entire community for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
Under the terms of his contract, Devereaux will continue to work with the County for the next three years advising the Board and his successor on programs and matters affecting the County.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood issued the following statement:
“Greg’s knowledge and ability to work with the Board to address the County’s challenges will be missed. He is well-respected in the local government and business communities.”
“Greg Devereaux is a man of integrity and intelligence who has served the people of this county admirably,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford who represents a large portion of the mountain communities.
“His fiscal discipline and eagerness to tear down unproductive bureaucratic silos have allowed the county to return to its core functions as well as lead regional conversations about education, the economy and much more. As a Board member, I will miss his daily presence and, as a friend, I wish him and his family the very best,” Rutherford added.
“Greg has been a trusted and knowledgeable advisor through the years and he has worked effectively to help the Board of Supervisors achieve its goals,” Third District Supervisor James Ramos said.
“During good times and times of difficulty,” Ramos — who represents the Big Bear area –continued, “we have worked together as a team to move forward in San Bernardino County in service to our residents and future generations.”