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San Bernardino County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle announces retirement plans

By in Press Enterprise on October 9, 2017

By Joe Nelson

San Bernardino County County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle has announced his plans to retire after serving the county for 28 years.

Basle, who turns 59 in December, was named County Counsel in October 2010, replacing Ruth Stringer, who held the post for four years.

“It has been an honor working for the Board of Supervisors, the Administrative Office, and the various county departments, and a privilege to have worked alongside County Counsel staff, all of whom are exceptionally professional, talented, and dedicated to serving the elected representatives of San Bernardino County,” Basle said in a statement.

Basle’s appointment came the same year as county CEO Greg Devereaux, who spearheaded the Countywide Vision and set about charting a new course for the county by establishing policies and practices emphasizing more government and fiscal accountability and transparency following years of public corruption scandals dating back more than a decade.

“Jean-Rene has helped guide the county through some rocky legal issues during his tenure, and I will certainly miss his wise counsel as well as his wonderful sense of humor,” Supervisor Janice Rutherford said in a statement.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood called Basle the “consummate professional.”

“I have respected his sound advice during my time as county supervisor and chairman, and I have cherished his friendship,” Lovingood said in a statement. “He will be sorely missed. I wish him the very best in retirement.”

Basle’s retirement date is contingent upon his successor being named by the Board of Supervisors, which will discuss the matter at an upcoming meeting.

Under Basle’s leadership, attorneys under his wing counseled various county departments and agencies that won nearly 300 national awards for innovation, efficiency, and public service, according to county news release.

Supervisor Josie Gonzales said in a statement that what she admires most about Basle was his integrity.

“Jean-Rene is a sincere, honorable man who […]    

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