ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More than four months after his suspension, Albuquerque Public School’s Chief Financial Officer, Don Moya, could step foot back in the district.
“He is planning on coming back,” said Moya’s Attorney, Kate Ferlic.
APS recently invited Moya back to work with the same pay and benefits as before, only a new job title.
“It sounds like a job in the basement sharpening pencils,” said Ferlic.
Moya was suspended in August after former Superintendent Luis Valentino mistakenly sent him text messages that appear to be meant for New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, saying he was going after Moya.
Emails also surfaced later showing a dispute between Moya and former Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez over vendors.
“I still don’t know what Valentino’s reason was,” said Ferlic.
While Moya claims he’s been left in the dark about his suspension, APS has also never given a reason to the public.
Public records KRQE News 13 obtained show Valentino put him on leave to investigate performance and conduct issues, with no other details.
KRQE News 13 also obtained Moya’s return to work letter from Interim Superintendent Raquel Reedy, assigning him his new job position.
APS redacted most of that letter, saying it was because it had Moya’s job performance and evaluation, which is a matter of opinion in a personnel file.
The letter did say APS has the right to change his work assignments and duties under his contract. It also says the new position will best utilize Moya’s skills for the good of the district.
“Unfortunately, it just seems that APS is continuing its pattern of retaliation,” said Ferlic.
For now, Ferlic said Moya still plans to return even with new responsibilities, but they’ll continue to fight for APS’ head of finance title.
APS tells KRQE News 13 Moya hasn’t responded to the letter about the new job, which was sent a month ago. They said all they’ve gotten so far is a recent request from him to be put on medical leave.
Moya’s lawyer said she believes he was given a new job title out of retaliation for his whistleblower lawsuit against APS.