The Orange County Register is reporting that Santa Ana city council member Carlos Bustamante, the only Republican on the council, has been suspended from his county job pending an investigation into a sex allegation. Bustamante, who represents Ward 3, is on paid administrative leave from his job as an executive manager with the county’s Public Works Department.
From the story: “The leave was imposed after the county received an anonymous letter last month detailing allegations of a sexual nature against Bustamante, an executive manager overseeing Public Works’ Facilities and Fleet Services divisions.
Details of those allegations have not been made public, but several county employees have confirmed the existence of the letter.
HR Director Carl Crown would not provide a reason for the leave, saying only that “it’s a personnel matter.” Crown also declined to discuss whether the county had opened an investigation into Bustamante.”
There’s no indication that Bustamante will step down or take a leave of absence from his duties as a city council member in Santa Ana. Bustamante was was promoted to executive manager for O.C. Public Works seven months ago and eanred $178,277 last year, according to county pay data. He is considered an at-will employee of the county and could be fired if the allegations are true.