State Auditor Calls for PRC Chairman Pat Lyons to Resign

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State Auditor Hector Balderas claims Public Regulation Commission Chairman Pat Lyons drove a federally-purchased truck for personal travel and called for Lyons to resign from his seat.

The details of the alleged wrongdoing are included in a special audit that the State Auditor’s office announced today.

Balderas said he would refer violations of state and federal law to law enforcement authorities. He also said is concerned about a “culture of fear” at the PRC that may be stopping some employees from coming forward with information.

The special audit was prompted by the case of Jerome Block Jr., a former PRC commissioner who resigned last year after pleading guilty to misusing taxpayer dollars.

This isn’t the first run-in between Balderas, a Democrat, and Lyons, a Republican. In September 2011, Balderas said Lyons was verbally abusive and physically threatening to his staff, while Lyons claimed Balderas was playing politics.

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