Regional
1:11 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Two NM Sec of State's Office Staffers Fired

SANTA FE, N.M. – Two employees in the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office who were put on administrative leave last month reportedly have been fired.

Former office spokesman James Flores and ex-office manager Manuel Vildasol claim they were terminated in retaliation for meeting with the FBI over allegations of criminal wrongdoing in the Secretary of State's Office.

But Deputy Secretary of State Francisco Trujillo tells KOB-TV that Flores and Vildasol were fired for allegedly secretly recording employees and creating a "hostile work environment."

Current and former employees of Secretary of State Mary Herrera have leveled allegations ranging from possible kickbacks on contracts to office employees campaigning for Herrera on state time.

Herrera says the allegations are false and politically motivated. However, the New Mexico Attorney General's Office confirmed late last month that it's investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the Secretary of State's Office.