ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has learned the internal investigation into Bernalillo County manager Tom Zdunek was sparked by a complaint by a female county commission staffer. On Tuesday, county commissioner Wayne Johnson let it slip that Zdunek, first hired as county manager in 2011, was under investigation for a personnel issue. However nobody, including Johnson, would say what it was.
Multiple sources now tell KRQE News 13 that the investigation into Zdunek surrounds a complaint filed by a female county commission staffer in her 20’s who claims Zdunek got a little too close to her. Specifically, it accuses Zdunek of violating her personal space, touching her elbow and making her uncomfortable.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Zdunek declined comment on the case other than to say that the complaint against him was not of a sexual nature. Another source who read the report characterized the allegations against Zdunek similarly.
News 13 reached the staffer herself by phone but she declined comment, asking for any questions to be referred to her attorney Paul Kennedy. Kennedy confirmed in a telephone interview that he was representing the woman, but said he had not seen either her written statement or her complaint against Zdunek.
Because of that, he said he could not comment about the specifics of the case.
“But we will be looking at this case from all possible angles, with the aim of protecting her,” Kennedy said.
The county commission is set to hold a meeting to look into the Zdunek issue on Tuesday. This all comes as commissioners consider whether to renew Zdunek’s deal, which is set to expire in June. He currently makes $158,000 a year as county manager.