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June 13, 2011: Kirk resigned from his position as chief of staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt. Kirk was placed on unpaid leave after he was indicted May 9.

May 9, 2011: Kirk, two other former San Bernardino County officials and real estate developer Jeff Burum, were indicted by a criminal grand jury on 29 felony charges including bribery, conspiracy to commit a crime and conflict of interest, among other charges.

Kirk, a former San Bernardino County assistant assessor Jim Erwin and Paul Biane, a former San Bernardino County supervisor, are accused of conspiring with Burum to vote in favor of or influencing the $102 million legal settlement between Burum's Colonies Partners LP and San Bernardino County.

Burum is accused of paying a total of $400,000 in bribes to Kirk, Biane, Erwin and former county board of supervisors chairman Bill Postmus. The alleged bribes, prosecutors allege, were funneled into political action committees controlled by the three supervisors who voted in favor of the settlement -- Biane, Postmus and Ovitt -- to conceal the alleged payoffs.

Kirk was arrested on May 10 and posted bail 3 days later. He was placed on unpaid leave from his job working for Supervisor Ovitt then resigned June 13, 2011.

Sources: Los Angeles Newspaper group ( ), ( )

Last edited by Scott Flodin on Sept. 19, 2011

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