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PCSD Union president claims bullying by sheriff in lawsuit

Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 08:53:24-04
Pima County has been hit with a lawsuit. This one claims the county is withholding documents related to alleged bullying by Sheriff Chris Nanos.
 
The lawsuit states union president Sgt. Kevin Kubitskey complained of bullying by Sheriff Chris Nanos and command staff late February. Kubistskey told KGUN9 the bullying started when Nanos allegedly threatened his job if deputies filed a lawsuit over a proposed pay package in the deputy's union contract. "He told me that if I push forward with membership and the attorney and file a lawsuit against the county, that I would be done," said Kubistskey.
 
Kubitskey not only complained about threats, but also harassment and a hostile work environment. The lawsuit states Kubitskey interviewed with a county HR investigator in March and the report was completed in July. Kubitskey asked for a status of the report in August and was told the report was "under review by central administration."
 
The lawsuit states Kubitskey has been wrongfully denied under state law access to the documents, which reveal the findings of his claim. 
 
KGUN9 reached out to the sheriff and county manager's office for comment. A spokesperson told me that they have not been served with the lawsuit yet and they generally do not comment on litigation.  The sheriff's department also says they do not comment on litigation.