Board of Supervisors Postpones Action on County CEO’s Fate

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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.

Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach said the discussion on Mauk has been postponed to July 24.

Mauk and his top managers have come under scrutiny following allegations that complaints against Carlos Bustamante, a Santa Ana city councilman and former manager in Orange County Public Works, were badly mishandled.

On Tuesday, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas charged Bustamante, 47, with 12 felonies in relation to an eight-year period during which Bustamante allegedly sexually terrorized at least seven women who worked for him.

When speaking to reporters after the meeting, Moorlach said that the July 24 meeting would include a review of the county’s policies and procedures for personnel matters and potential “staff changes.”

Work behavior classes may in the future include reference to possible criminal charges, Moorlach said.

“When we communicate about how you should conduct yourself in the workplace, I don’t think any of the courses say if you cross over the line there could be criminal penalties,” he said.

— ADAM ELMAHREK

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