Bill Postmus, once one of the region's fastest rising stars, is contemplating his fate following last week's felony arrest and subsequent release.


The current county assessor, Postmus was arrested last Thursday morning after investigators discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during an investigation of his Rancho Cucamonga home. As many as 50 investigators from the District Attorney's office searched several locations in the region as part of a year-long investigation, according to reports.


Postmus, 37, was charged with methamphetamine possession, a felony, and possessing drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was booked into West Valley Detention Center and released the same day.


Postmus, a Serrano High School graduate, is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, Jan. 20 in San Bernardino Superior Court. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors - Postmus previously was elected supervisor of the county's first district - is expected to discuss the possible removal of Postmus from office on Jan. 27.


He took a leave of absence citing "health reasons" last July. The following month the Daily Press reported that Postmus was fighting apparent substance abuse issues.


Postmus has several ties to Hesperia. Former Hesperia Mayor Tad Honeycutt is a longtime personal friend who was in the car that transported Postmus from the detention center following his release. Paula Nowicki, who currently serves as the chief of staff of current First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, also served under Postmus.


Postmus' father, Bill Postmus Sr., previously ran Summit Leadership Academy charter school, a facility originally under the California Charter Academy charter. (The school currently is chartered through the Hesperia Unified School District.)


Bill Postmus Jr. and former HUSD school board member Eric Swanson each served on the boards of CCA schools, which was the subject of a scathing 107-page audit in April of 2005. The CCA, formerly the largest charter school operator in the state, was shut down in August of 2004.