Fri. Mar 31st, 2023

The placing of OC Public Works Director Jess Carbajal on administrative leave last week is just one of several personnel moves being made as county officials scramble to gain control over a department rocked by revelations that sexual harassment allegations against former executive Carlos Bustamante were not properly handled, according to the Voice of OC.

The Voice of OC also reported that Ignacio Ochoa, who now heads the department’s engineering division, will take over as interim head of the OC Public Works Agency.

Apparently Orange County CEO Tom Mauk is going to survive this scandal, while many of his underlings are paying the price for Bustamante’s alleged dalliances.  Assistant Orange County CEO Rob Richardson appears to have also fallen offf the hook, even though he reportedly hired Bustamante and there were rumors that he had run cover for him as well.  Richardson is a Trustee on the SAUSD School Board, and he is up for reelection this November.

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

One thought on “Carlos Bustamante’s former boss at the County of Orange placed on leave”
  1. Art, Do you believe Councilman Bustamante will be re-elected? I believe, he has served on the council for 8 years and yet he can run again? Can he beat the Republican GOP candidate Hart?
    Will his wife campaign for him this time around?

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