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County’s top official investigated

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Assistant county administrator levels unspecified allegations against boss

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County’s top official, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro is undergoing an independent investigation into allegations leveled by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.
Stepan could not be reached for comment. Her husband, Tom Stepan, said this morning that she is meeting with investigators, which likely will “take all day.”
“I can tell you that Diana has walked a tightrope at the county for many years, which I believe should never have been the case,” he said. “What is unfolding today is simply a result of the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
The Los Alamos Monitor obtained an internal memo that Mortillaro e-mailed to county staff Monday in which he stated that the county attorney was notified of “allegations involving my office.”
County Attorney Randy Autio addressed the allegations during an interview late this morning: “There are no allegations of sexual harassment and there are no allegations at this time that appear to be of a criminal nature.”
Mortillaro did not specify Stepan’s allegations and declined further comment.
He said that, at her own request, Stepan would be on paid administrative leave from her duties until the investigation is concluded.


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