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Don Holland

Desert Dispatch editor named Lovingood's special assistant

Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Robert Lovingood, the newly elected San Bernardino County 1st District supervisor, has chosen Desert Dispatch Editor Donald Holland to be his special assistant.

Holland’s position was approval by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday with his contract taking effect Saturday. Holland’s position will cost the county an estimated $84,480 in salary and $68,251 in benefits.

Holland, who is also the editor of the Daily Press and has worked with the company for 18 years — including the past 11 years as editor — said he will resign sometime before the end of January.

“We are looking for an editor and hopefully we will have someone in place by the end of the month,” said Albert Frattura, publisher of the Desert Dispatch and Daily Press . “We are sorry to see Don go, but we have to move forward and find someone to pick up where he left off. Hopefully, we get the right person.”

In the meantime, Holland said he will refrain from editing county-related articles to prevent any conflicts of interest that could arise.

“Don is a person of great integrity and he’s a multi-talented manager,” Lovingood said. “He has the ability to come in and bring a libertarian perspective to help direct our message throughout the county.”

Lovingood said he and Holland will be working directly together daily.

At this time, Lovingood said he is still vetting individuals for his chief of staff and field representatives, but hopes to have those positions filled before the end of January.

“(Holland) is the cornerstone to helping me achieve the goals we set forth within the community,” Lovingood said, citing Holland’s ability to work on a tight deadline and familiarity with the press.

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at

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