- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A former jail administrator has filed a new lawsuit against Curry County under the state Whistleblower Protection Act.

The Clovis News Journal reports (https://goo.gl/HjdN0L) that Gerry Billy filed the lawsuit Friday in state district court just days after a federal judge rejected his claim of wrongful termination.

According to the new lawsuit, Billy says he was fired for complaining that = 86 percent of jail inmates were Hispanic and for demanding an expensive jail kitchen renovation.

Billy claims since his departure there have been documented cases of use of excessive force and allegations of a jail officer dealing drugs in the juvenile unit.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The new lawsuit seeks specific damages.

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Information from: Clovis News Journal, https://www.cnjonline.com

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