Call A Free Consultation
24 Hours - 7 Days

800-920-0810

Connect with us: facebook twitter google yelp

Top Orange County Official Fired

Posted on July 11, 2012

Like its neighbor to the north, Orange County is facing a massive public relations nightmare that threatens to shatter its idyllic image. There is a huge sex scandal involving a former county executive that may lead to several terminations.

The Orange County public works director who supervised former executive Carlos Bustamante has been fired, the first ranking official to be terminated in the wake of the politician’s arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.

This map shows the incorporated and unincorpor...

This map shows the incorporated and unincorporated areas in Orange County, California, highlighting Santa Ana in red. It was created with a custom script with US Census Bureau data and modified with Inkscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Public Works Director Jess Carbajal, 56, received a phone call informing him of his dismissal Tuesday morning and a letter later in the day.

The move comes a week after Bustamante was charged with 12 felony counts in connection with the alleged sexual battery and false imprisonment of more than seven women over eight years.

Some of the alleged attacks occurred in Bustamante’s office in the public works department. The women were working under Bustamante’s supervision.

Since the charges were filed, county supervisors have wondered who knew about Bustamante’s alleged misdeeds. Last week, county supervisors called a special closed meeting to discuss the possible termination of Chief Executive Tom Mauk, but took no action.

Aitken said Carbajal was terminated by Mauk because he was Bustamante’s supervisor.

Aitken said that in March 2011, Mauk instructed Carbajal to investigate allegations contained in two anonymous letters.

Mauk specified that the investigation be conducted “informally,” Aitken said. Carbajal directed a human resources employee in the public works department to look into the charges, but after interviewing several workers, the woman could not substantiate the claims. No action was taken as a result of the investigation, Aitken said, but Carbajal was not in a position to discipline Bustamante without Mauk’s consent.

Last fall, an anonymous letter and a call to the county’s fraud hotline triggered more probes. Bustamante was placed on paid administrative leave in September and resigned in October, but continued to receive three months of severance pay, according to the county human resources department. Bustamante is currently a Santa Ana city councilman.

In March, Carbajal was placed on paid administrative leave.

County spokesman Howard Sutter said in an email that Carbajal, who started working for the county in November 1999, was terminated with cause, which does not entitle him to a severance package. Carbajal earned $177,799 in the 2010-11 fiscal year, according to records.

If you or a loved one were the victim of misconduct, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you determine if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

News Service Disclaimer:iAccidentLawyer.comprovides this news service to keep you informed about accidents and events happening in and around your community. The information in these articles is obtained from a variety of secondary sources including press releases by law enforcement, websites, and news reports. This material is for general information only and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed; for complete details about a given event or accident you should refer to an official police report. iAccidentLawyer.com may not represent the parties mentioned in these news articles. If you have been injured in the reported news article and you need our help please call, we can help you. The articles are for informational purposes only. Our law firm has been helping victims of serious injuries and their families for over 30 years. Call us for a free, no obligation consultation.

Lawyer Advertising. This website is designed for general information only, and in no way is intended to constitute legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship without a signed, written agreement. Testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. You pay no fees or costs unless we recover for you. This website contains dramatizations. Prior results are not a guarantee of a future outcome. iAccidentLawyer does not accept all cases and works cooperatively with co-counsel and/or other law firms with whom it has joint agreements who might potentially handle your cases. We look forward to helping you with your claim.

800-920-0810 iAccidentLawyer.com on Facebook Follow Us On G+ Reviews