A former Española Municipal Court clerk has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city, contending he was fired for objecting to unlawful conduct by his boss at the time, former Municipal Judge Stephen Salazar.

Salazar recently resigned and agreed never to work as a judge again to avoid further discipline from the state Supreme Court over an incident in which the judge had pushed and spoken angrily to another city worker while at a home improvement store.

The judge had been disciplined for misconduct in the past. The clerk’s lawsuit says Salazar regularly bent the rules to serve his own purposes.

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