Press Release: San Bernardino County Taxpayers Set to Pay Healthcare Benefits of Wealthy Business Owner and Lovingood Crony
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to hire a politically connected crony to a "make-work" employment contract at an annualized cost of $192,000. These are the perks that come with endorsing and contributing to the campaign of the Chairman of the Board.
Please see our press release below where we call upon the board to do a legitimate human resource recruitment for the position. Thank you.
San Bernardino County Taxpayers Set to Pay Healthcare Benefits of Wealthy Business Owner and Lovingood Crony
Group questions hiring of Ryan McEachron for High Desert Corridor position
(Torrance, CA, Sept 24, 2017) – San Bernardino County taxpayers will pay at least $38,000 to provide a wealthy high desert business owner and connected political crony with health care and other benefits as part of a “make-work” employment contract per Tuesday’s board agenda (see item 14).
Former Victorville City Councilman Ryan McEachron, a political supporter and campaign contributor to Chairman Robert Lovingood, will begin working for the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority on September 30 pending approval of the contract. He is slated to earn nearly $100,000 in this “part-time” position at an annualized cost of $192,000 to the taxpayers.
“McEachron is a wannabe career politician addicted to eating out of the government trough,” stated Joseph Turner, Executive Director for American Children First. “Public documents state he earns up to a million dollars a year from his insurance business but he still thinks he is entitled to more courtesy of the taxpayers.”
McEachron is the owner of ISU Armac, a 20+ employee insurance business, and has already told supporters that he plans to run for city council again in 2018. It is also understood that Lovingood has tapped him to be his successor should he not seek re-election in 2020 or after he terms out in 2024.
In addition to generating more than six figures in business income from Victor Elementary School District, Armac is believed to also provide insurance services to Lovingood’s employment staffing businesses.
“We believe this is for all intents and purposes a money laundering operation to transfer taxpayer funds to McEachron so that he can use it to fund his upcoming election campaign,” Turner stated.
This is not the first time that Lovingood has played a role in rewarding a political supporter with a lucrative and controversial employment contract. Lovingood hired Fred Aguiar, who lived 300 miles away, to a staff position that paid him more than $100,000 for just 17 hours of work per week back in 2016 in the run-up to his re-election campaign. Aguiar is a career politician with extensive political connections that were used to benefit Lovingood.
It is further understood that human resources did not publicly post this position or engage in a recruitment process – but instead hand-selected McEachron.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is urged to embrace transparency. We call upon them to pull this item from the consent calendar and use a recruitment process to fill the vacancy.
Joseph Turner is the Executive Director of American Children First and author of the “American Children First” initiative. He previously founded the anti-illegal immigration group Save Our State and also authored the City of San Bernardino Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA) in 2005. The IIRA served as the model for dozens of local jurisdictions, most notably Escondido (CA), Farmers Branch (TX), and Hazleton (PA). Farmers Branch and Hazleton had their ordinances struck down by their respective Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal for each case. Turner can be reached online at http://AmericanChildrenFirst.org and https://facebook.com/AmericanChildrenFirst or at: (424) 269-4564.