SANTA FE, N.M. — The former Information Technology director at Northern New Mexico College filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the college Monday alleging a litany of indiscretions by top college administrators, including misuse of federal funds, wasteful spending, gross mismanagement and retaliation against employees.
Angelo Jacques claims the college worked to punish and discredit him after he “objected to and/or refused to participate in activities at NNMC that constituted an unlawful or improper act.” He says being let go from his position after less than a year was “part of a pattern and practice of punitive actions taken by the high-ranking administrative officials of NNMC to silence criticism of their misconduct and to punish those who questioned their improper conduct.”
A NNMC spokesman on Tuesday said the college had not seen the lawsuit so could not comment. The college’s attorney, Tony Ortiz, did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday.
College President Nancy “Rusty” Barceló was largely left out of the complaint, with most of the allegations of impropriety directed at Human Resources Director Bernie Padilla, Vice President of Finance and Administration Domingo Sanchez, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Ricky Serna, and Finance Director Henrietta Trujillo.