Appeal Committee Hears Redmond Case Dec. 7

Former LAPD Sgt. Jordan Redmond

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A County Personnel Board Appeal Committee hearing on the termination of former Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jordan Redmond is set for 9 a.m. Monday in the Boards and Commissions Room #110 of the Municipal Building.

Redmond, 32, was arrested Oct. 8 and charged under the Governmental Conduct Act, section 10.16.4.1, Honoraria prohibited, for accepting money for conducting a public duty as a police officer. The GCA forbids public officers from accepting payment or gifts of over $100 in value for performing services related to their official duties.

In a statement of probable cause filed Oct. 14, 2015 in Magistrate Court, Redmond was on duty June 6, 2014 and June 11, 2014 when he provided a police department tour for a group of students. Court documents indicate that he submitted time sheets for those two days and was paid his regular hourly wage by Los Alamos County. He also accepted $300 from UNM-LA for those same days.

The official charge of “engaging in an act for personal financial gain” filed against Redmond followed an internal investigation that began last summer and concluded in September.

UNM-LA works in conjunction with Los Alamos High School and provides a Career Exploration Program, also known as the Early College High School Career Exploration Program. Redmond was paid $300 by UNM-LA, $150 each for conducting two tours of the Justice Center. Redmond served as the School Resource Officer at Los Alamos High School at the time and was on duty when he conducted the tours, so was not entitled to receive payment from UNM-LA, according to court documents. 

The investigation also discovered in a document at the college that Redmond was expected to get paid $2,100 for a class never approved that he was going to teach between Aug. 18, 2014 and Dec. 13, 2014. The class was canceled and Redmond wasn’t paid the $2,100, according to court documents. This same document showed that he was paid $300 Aug. 29, 2014 and that the money was approved to be direct deposited into a bank account associated with Redmond.

A review of Redmond’s emails was conducted Sept. 14, 2015 as part of the investigation into his actions, and according to court documents, several emails about receiving a stipend for services provided to UNM-LA were found in his sent box.

One email was sent from UNM-LA’s Accelerate Career technical advisor on May 21, 2014.  This email contained content about the Early College Career Explorations Program and offered Redmond money for conducting the tours. Redmond responded to this email May 27, 2014 saying, “I don`t need the stipend, thank you though!”

In another email sent June 24, 2014 from the associate dean of instruction for UNM-LA, the processing of the payment request for the program was discussed. She wrote, “The payment is not much – $150 per session or total of $300 – but the funds are there from the grant … Is it ok with you if I go ahead and process this?” On June 30, 2015 Redmond responded to her email saying, “That would be great. Thank You!” The money was direct deposited into his personal bank account, according to court documents.

In a request for comment following his arrest, Redmond stated in an email to the Los Alamos Daily Post, “I am not guilty of the charges. I believe the process will demonstrate my innocence.”

Because this case is pending, other parties involved declined to comment.

While Monday’s Appeal Hearing is open to the public, the Committee reserves the right to close the hearing to the public, under circumstances where evidence or discussion of limited personnel matters of employees other than Appellant is sought to be introduced or proffered for Committee deliberations.

Possible action announcing a decision of the Board on this case is possible before adjournment at Monday’s meeting.

About the Personnel Board:

  • Purpose: To serve in an appellate and advisory capacity in the administration of the County personnel program.
  • Authorization: Los Alamos County Ordinance No. 43, 3/1/65; County Code Chapter 8, Article VIII, Sections 8-251-8-253.
  • Composition: Five members
  • Term: Three years, staggered terms beginning April 1 and ending March 31.
  • Regular Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the Boards & Commissions Room #110, Municipal Building
  • Remarks: May act as an appellate body to hear personnel complaints.
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