El Paso, Texas (KTSM) – Although many say they have been paid well, at least 20 individuals have resigned from the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office this year.
Origins include class leaders, senior probation attorneys, and Victim Assistance Program Director. Change is always expected in leadership, and Ivan Rossals is expected to take office in January.
However, the dismissed staff members hinted at more serious concerns about the leadership in the office and how the bureaucrats interact with staff.
Angie Castillo, director of the Victim Aid Program, began working in the office in January. Seven months later, however, she announced to her supervisor that she would quit her job without a job.
In an interview, she wrote: “I feel like I have to leave without a job. “The elected officials and their senior leadership could have treated me with respect. I did not see him as a difficult person because I was willing to stand up for my employees and call inappropriate behaviors or words in the workplace. “
Castillo said there was a risk of compromise with the leadership.
“The top-down connection is very small,” she wrote. “The top management doesn’t want anything in writing so if everyone can’t get the same message and send a written policy the communication won’t be very effective so we are all together. This feels like fishing for most employees.”
Castillo’s identity has been echoed by other senior officials who have announced their resignation from the district attorney’s office this year. Documents obtained by KTSM 9 News indicate a strained relationship between staff and management in the office.
The El Paso County Department of Human Resources has released checklists, resignation letters, and staff verification details from January 1 to September 23. In all, there were a total of 20 departments during that time, according to the district.
The district attorney’s office did not accept the transcript of the interview but sent a statement in response to some of the claims made in the interviews. But the district attorney, Ivan Rosals, sent a statement.
“One of my campaigns is to have a more efficient and effective administration than the previous administration. I am proud of our staff for making sure they can handle the same load. It is widely expected that there will be some change in our first year of office, as new and veterans will be able to adapt to our new high standards. We expect high levels of professionalism and work ethic from our staff; Unfortunately, some of those individuals did not meet expectations, and others moved to higher-paying federal jobs. In the aftermath of the epidemic, our office is no different from any other Texas District Attorney’s Office. In addition, after I won the election in July 2020, our new administration confirmed that many issues were not resolved by many of the staff in the previous administration. It is disappointing that so many former employees are not working on their case. Before I came to the office, he had been through the community and the victims of crime.
Yvonne Rosales, El Paso County District Attorney
When Rosals began her term as district attorney, her rival, James Montoya, criticized some 200 employees for reapplying for a job and 50 for not retiring.
Montoian wins first place in Democracy after long-serving DA Jaime Esparza announced his candidacy.
At the time, Rosals defended her decision, saying she would make sure the positions were filled with “good” individuals. And, in July, Rosals defended the decision to hire young prosecutors from law school.
Matthew Jacob Inglebam, a senior prosecutor who was hired during Espaza’s administration, announced his resignation in June. According to Engelbam, many workers began to take on more work.
He said there was little idea of firing half of their workers. They seem to be ‘doing their exletive’ because of all the fired workers. With Kovid and everything, it annoys. Some hard-working people are not recognized.
The documents seem to indicate that it was time for the staff to leave. Between April and June, the office lost two legal secretaries, four senior court attorneys, a Victim Assistance Program director, and three key individuals.
Teresa García, a senior prosecutor employed by the Rosals administration, resigned six months after her appointment. She wrote in an interview that she was asked to sign a “confidentiality agreement”, which she did not comment on.
“If you increase the number of poor people, the reality is that covide is harder to deal with. Why HR should be surprised during the week; The lawyers filed for divorce, ”she wrote. “With our limited number of lawyers, we cannot have effective prosecutors.”
All the employees who resigned said they were angry at their time of employment. She says she is leaving because she got a job with the federal government.
And, according to Rolando Morales, senior prosecutor, he is making a professional decision.
“It was a professional decision that made it easier for me to pursue my legal career.
The DA’s staff record shows that 167 individuals are currently working for the office. One document shows that there are 22 high court lawyers listed. Four have been hired this year, while others have served under the previous administration.
The document also shows that there are three class heads. Two are from the Esparza administration and one is Curtis Cox, who was hired this year. Thirteen of the 18 general court attorneys are employed this year.
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