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A top staff for a Fresno County supervisor is accused of working on both sides of a county contract.

Steven Rapada, the chief of staff for District 5 Supervisor Sal Quintero, was charged with one count of conflict of interest. If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to three years in prison.

According to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Rapada had a personal financial interest in a contract he helped negotiate.

Former Reedley Councilman

Rapada is a former Reedley councilman. He once ran for supervisor himself, finishing fourth in 2014 in the race eventually won by Buddy Mendes.

Quintero said he could not comment because it was a personnel matter.

Sources told GV Wire that Rapada has been on administrative leave from his county job for some time.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email