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Los Alamos Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan was terminated Monday morning.
Stepan returned to resume her duties after having been on paid administrative leave since September while an outside investigative firm looked into complaints that she filed against then County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and others. Although there was no finding of wrongdoing in the probe, he was terminated by county council in December.
During the course of the investigation, Stepan lodged roughly 80 allegations, some dating back over a number of years. The full, redacted report can be seen here.
Stepan was an "at will" employee, which means she can be fired with or without cause. Acting County Administrator Randy Autio issued a formal statement in which he said the action was taken "in the best interests of the county."
When reached by telephone Monday afternoon, Stepan declined to comment on her termination. She has worked for the county in various capacities since 2001. Stepan was earning $146,000 a year in her capacity as an assistant county administrator.
Check back for more details on this developing story.