Former Elections Administrator Sues Ector County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - Nearly three years after being fired, Ector County's former elections administrator is taking his fight to court.

Robert Mendoza filed a lawsuit against Ector County claiming he was illegally terminated.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Robert Mendoza read from a prepared statement.

He says Ector County did not follow the law when they fired him.

Mendoza adds that he never had his day in commissioners' court and he claims he was fired on the spot by the county elections commission, a move that is a violation of state law.

Therefore, he says all elections since his firing should be considered null and void.

That's because Mendoza says, the acting elections administrator could not legally be appointed, because he was never legally fired.

This battle dates back to June of 2007 when the elections commission board voted to get rid of Mendoza.

At the time, Judge Susan Redford said he was fired because of numerous complaints by his employees, government organizations, and the community.

"My situation needs accountability, resolution, and justice.  It illustrates a significant failure on the part of Ector County in following state statutes and universal HR standards," Mendoza said.

In the lawsuit, Mendoza is asking to be reinstated immediately, and that his back wages be paid from the time of his firing.

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2008, but soon after Mendoza was deployed overseas, that's why it's taken so long to come to light.

In the meantime, NewsWest Nine did contact Judge Susan Redford.

She says their attorneys are handling the case and the truth will come to light, but the current elections administrator said she could not comment on the case.