On July 19, 2019, we filed Nadine Trujillo v. City of Española and David Valdez, an action under the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act (“NMWPA”), in the County of Santa Fe, First Judicial District Court. View the Complaint here. Persons with information may e-mail contact data to trent@trentahowell.com.

Anyone giving truthful testimony is protected by law. WPA subsection 10-16C-3 forbids “any retaliatory action” against any public employee who “communicates to the public employer or a third party information about an action or a failure to act that the public employee believes in good faith constitutes an unlawful or improper act; [or] provides information to, or testifies before, a public body as part of an investigation, hearing or inquiry into an unlawful or improper act.” WPA, NMSA § 10-16C-3.

Below are press links related to the lawsuit:

Tabitha Clay, $18,000 Goes ‘Poof’ from Española Vault, Rio Grande Sun, June 14, 2019.

Nathanael King, ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’: City Manager Fired, Banned Amid Two Investigations, Rio Grande Sun, July 11, 2019.

Edmundo Carrillo, Española theft case: Ex-city manager is main suspect, Albuquerque Journal, August 4, 2019.

Tabitha Clay, Lawsuit: Former City Manager Forced Whistleblower to Resign, Rio Grande Sun, August 8, 2019.

Española, N.M. City Manager Lingers Near Vault on Day Money Went Missing, Rio Grande Sun, August 8, 2019.

Nathanael King, Former City Manager Gambled Colorado Money, Rio Grande Sun, August 16, 2019.

Nathanael King, Colorado City Missing Records from Former Española Manager, Rio Grande Sun, August 30, 2019.

Zach Hillstrom, Ex-Colorado City Manager Faces Theft, Embezzlement Charge, La Junta Tribune, September 13, 2019.

Staff Writer, Theft, Embezzlement Charges Filed against Former Colorado City District Manager, Channel KOAA News5, September 13, 2019.

Nathanael King, Former City Manager Charged with Felony, Rio Grande Sun, September 19, 2019.

Nathanael King, Former City Manager Allegedly Stole from Colorado Pot Growers, Rio Grande Sun, September 27, 2019.

Tony Keith, Former Colorado City District Manager Faces Theft and Embezzlement Charges, Channel KKTV 11, October 9, 2019.