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County whistleblower doesn’t regret standing ‘up for what is right’

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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Eddie Garcia had only worked for Santa Fe County a few months when he noticed something wrong. A vendor who had held the exclusive contract for the county’s heating and cooling jobs seemed to be doing shoddy work. It wasn’t getting the proper permits from the state. And it appeared to be double billing for some of its jobs.

When he reported his concerns to managers, they did nothing, he says. Some even got angry. Finally, at the urging of a state official, he went to the press. This time, the reaction from the county was swift.

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