ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - News 13 has learned an Albuquerque man with a lengthy arrestrecord works in one of the Bernalillo County Public Safetydepartments his father, a high-ranking county official,oversees.
Jamie Dantis, 29, has been arrested at least ten times since hewas 18-years-old for everything from DWI and pot possession toassault and shoplifting.
His father is John Dantis, the Bernalillo County DeputyManager for Public Safety.
John Dantis runs the county jail, fire and rescue, and the placewhere his son works.
Since 2006 Jamie Dantis has been an office worker at theBernalillo County Metropolitan Assessment & Treatment Services,a substance abuse facility.
"From a work perspective, he's is doing very well," CountyManager Thaddeus Lucero said.
Lucero said he did not know of Jamie Dantis's arrests and thathis deputy county manager, John Dantis, has not told him of hisson's problems with the law.
Lucero said the arrests do not mean Jamie Dantis should be firedthough.
"He hasn't done anything in regards to his work to get himfired," Lucero said. "He's going to work everyday, he isperforming, his job evaluations that we reviewed are stellar."
News 13 asked Lucero if Jamie Dantis has kept his job becausehis father is the boss.
"I do not think there is any ounce of favoritism being playedhere," Lucero said. "I talked to his dad, Iooked at his record andthe reviews, and I don't see favoritism being played here atall."
Lucero said the county does backround checks during the hiringprocess, but despite Jamie Dantis's arrests for battery, drugs andtheft, he was hired.
In the past four years while working for the county, JamieDantis has been convicted of assault and arrested three times forshoplifting this year.
County manager Thaddeus Lucero said he will meet with JamieDantis Thursday to figure out what, if anything, needs to bedone.
News 13 asked Deputy County Manager for Public Safety JohnDantis to talk on camera but he declined.
News 13 also tried to reach his son Jamie for comment, but couldnot track him down.
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