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Ex-police chief turns over audio file in Whistleblower case

March 22, 2019

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A former Gallup police chief has turned over secretly recorded audio files in connection with his complaint against the western New Mexico city.

The Gallup Independent reports Phillip Hart gave a state court his cellphone with 43 audio files containing secretly recorded conversations he had with the city manager.

Hart was fired in August as he and the city of Gallup were embroiled in year-long legal disputes.

Hart disputed the city’s policy of allowing community service aides to pick up and commit intoxicated residents to the detoxification center.

He also said that the city violated the Whistleblower Protection Act by placing him on administrative leave and prohibiting him from fulfilling his duties after he sought clarification on the city’s detox policy.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com