Las Vegas City Council sues mayor over decision to fire city clerk

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The Las Vegas City Council is taking the mayor to court because she’s trying to fire the city clerk. 

According to the lawsuit, Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron asked the city council to vote on firing City Clerk Casandra Fresquez. The council voted 3-1 not to fire her. 

A week after this vote, Fresquez asked the city manager to return to work, however, she never received a response. According to the lawsuit, when councilors asked why she had not returned, Gurule-Giron stated that she did not intend to change her mind in regards to Fresquez employment status and that she would remain on paid leave indefinitely.

The suit states this is an infringement of the Las Vegas municipal charter, which says the mayor can’t remove the city clerk without the council’s concurrence.

Thursday, Attorney General Balderas released a statement regarding the filing of the lawsuit. 

These new allegations of public abuse are concerning, especially when my office is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation of Ms. Gurule-Giron, said Balderas in the statement.

David Carl, the attorney general’s spokesman told the Santa Fe New Mexican Balderas is investigating complaints including fraud and inappropriate conduct.

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