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Bustamante's former supervisor terminated by county

July 10, 2012 |  4:50 pm

Carlos Bustamante in court earlier this monthThe person who supervised former county employee Carlos Bustamante has been terminated by Orange County's chief executive officer.

In an email sent to Orange County Public Works employees Tuesday afternoon, workers were informed that Jess Carbajal, the director of the department, was terminated Monday.

The move comes after Bustamante, a Santa Ana city councilman, was charged earlier this month with more than 12 felonies in connection with the alleged sexual assault of more than seven women over eight years.

Bustamante worked as an executive manager in the public works department until he was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 13, 2011. His resignation was effective Oct. 4, but he continued to receive three months' severance pay, according to the county human resources department.

Carbajal, 56, had served as the director of the public works department since November  2009.

He was put on paid administrative leave March 19, about the time that supervisors asked the county district attorney's office to look into allegations against Bustamante, a married father of three.

County spokesman Howard Sutter said in an email that Carbajal, who started working for the county in November 1999, was terminated with cause, which does not entitle him to a severance package.

Sutter declined to comment on why Carbajal was terminated.

Last week, county supervisors met to discuss the fate of CEO Tom Mauk but did not take action.

Before the meeting, supervisors were critical of how Bustamante could have continued his alleged behavior over nearly a decade.


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Photo: Carlos Bustamante at his first court appearance Thursday on sex assault charges. Credit: Associated Press