Former aide to Gibson will stay in 'temporary' job through holidays

County supervisor and aide had consensual affair

newsroom@thetribunenews.comDecember 5, 2012 

The legislative aide whose affair with county Supervisor Bruce Gibson led her to be moved out of his office will continue her “temporary” job with the Clerk-Recorder’s Office at least through the holidays, Gibson said.

Gibson said the arrangement would “proceed status quo” through the holidays and into the New Year.

Meanwhile, he said, the work that Cherie Aispuro would ordinarily be doing in his office will be picked up by others. “A variety of folks are doing pieces of the job that Cherie used to do, including me.”

Although she is working in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office, Aispuro’s $68,890 salary is coming from the Board of Supervisors' budget.

On Nov. 17, Gibson, 60, announced that he and his aide were having a consensual affair, and that he and his wife are divorcing.

The episode has created considerable criticism of Gibson as well as accusations of favoritism in finding another job for Aispuro.

In pursuing the relationship with his aide, Gibson violated to no county policy, misused no county money, and did not expose the county to any significant legal liability, County Counsel Rita Neal said Tuesday.

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