The position opened up last week when Derry's previous chief of staff, Jim Irwin, got himself arrested for allegedly lying about a trip he took to New York courtesy of a Rancho Cucamonga housing developer who was trying to make nice with board. While in New York, the developer lavished Irwin with gifts - a Rolex watch, fancy meals, prostitutes. Irwin allegedly lied about those as well.
Derry had kind things to say about Watson, who's currently on leave from the Sun:
"George is a top-tier individual," Derry said. "He's ethical. He's highly educated. He's professional. He works very hard. I think he will be a tremendous asset to not only the third district, but the county as a whole."