Former Rio Arriba County deputies file lawsuit against sheriff

Rio Arriba County
Rio Arriba County

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – Two former Rio Arriba County deputies have filed suit claiming the new Rio Arriba County Sheriff is not behaving.

The deputies’ allegations of sexual harassment and use of racial slurs prompted the county to launch an investigation into Sheriff James Lujan.

In the lawsuit the pair claims the sheriff treats them differently because of his perception that they are aligned with their former boss and that Lujan makes comments about one of their dark complexions.

Lujan has responded saying the allegations are baseless and an effort to undermine the operations of the sheriff’s office. Lujan replaced Sheriff Tommy Rodella after Rodella was sent to federal prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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