- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A judge will determine whether a state board will get to rule on the legality of the firings of 40 New Mexico Attorney General’s Office employees.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1QVGgVZ) that an administrative law judge said Friday he will make a recommendation as to whether the State Personnel Office should hear the case.

Judge Richard Levine says he will not decide whether the case actually has merit.

Attorney General Hector Balderas fired the workers when he took office last January.

Twenty of them are appealing their terminations to the State Personnel Board, arguing the State Personnel Act protects their positions.

Ellen Casey, a private lawyer representing Balderas’ office, says attorney general’s staff is not exempt.

The board will decide whether to accept or reject Levine’s recommendation.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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