Longtime Los Alamos Public Schools Electrician Under Investigation

Electrical wire and other supplies owned by LAPS are allegedly stashed at this shed at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post

A longtime Los Alamos Public Schools employee is under investigation surrounding theft allegations.

LAPS will not release information about Wayne Montoya, a technician IV–electrician working out of the Pajarito Cliffs site.

“This is a personnel matter and I cannot release any information,” Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn said this morning.

Coworkers said that Montoya has worked for LAPS for more than 30 years. He also owns a side business in which he performs electrical work at private homes and apartment complexes.

Reports indicate that the investigation involves allegations that Montoya has been pilfering supplies and equipment from LAPS to use on his private jobs – possibly dating back many years. He also is reportedly being investigated for working at private jobs during daytime hours while on the LAPS clock. 

During a telephone call this morning with the Los Alamos Daily Post, Montoya confirmed that he was suspended Thursday from his job at LAPS, with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

When asked if he has been stealing equipment and supplies from the schools to use on private jobs and whether he has been working on private jobs during the work day and charging those hours to the schools, Montoya said: “No – absolutely not.” He added that the investigation will clear him of any wrongdoing.

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