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Upland mayor, target of investigation, resigns from office

February 22, 2011 | 10:56 am

Upland Mayor John Pomierski, the target of an FBI investigation into allegations of corruption, resigned from office Tuesday.

Pomierski’s decision comes eight months after FBI and IRS agents searched his home and Upland City Hall. A federal search warrant for Pomierski’s cellphone records stated that the records were being sought as evidence into allegations of bribery, extortion and money laundering, according to a report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

The mayor’s departure only adds to the disarray in the San Bernardino County city, where City Manager Robb Quincey in January was placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.

“All city officials want the public to know that the city government will continue to function in a professional manner," a statement released by City Clerk Stephanie Mendenhall stated.

Upland’s mayor pro tem, Brendan Brandt, will assume all responsibilities as mayor. Pomierski is the owner of JP Construction Co. , which has been in the Inland Empire since 1978. He was first elected in 2000.

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