Allegations fly as county administrator probe stalls

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By Carol A. Clark

No one’s talking and speculation is mounting as an investigation that has left many in the community guessing drags on with little sense of urgency.
A month has passed since the Los Alamos County Council hired an Albuquerque law firm to coordinate the investigation into unspecified claims leveled by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan against County Administrator Tony Mortillaro.
“Any way you analyze this mess, it has been mishandled from the very beginning,” said Stepan’s husband, Tom Stepan, who has been the only person connected to the case willing to talk.
Seven weeks have passed since county councilors first learned details of the complaint and allegations against the county administrator, he said.
“Council also, more than six weeks ago, had knowledge of the cover-up by county officials of two prior investigation reports, and they had access to those reports, which confirm some of Diana’s allegations, yet they chose not to take action,” he said.
Stepan is referring to two investigative reports in 2009 that stemmed from allegations of gender bias lodged by a former human resources manager against Mortillaro’s predecessor that also implicated
Mortillaro, an assistant county administrator at the time.

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