Top member of MCSO suing county for discrimination

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PHOENIX - A top member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is suing the county claiming discrimination.


Top member of MCSO suing for discrimination -'s Ryan O'Donnell reports a top member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is suing the county, claiming discrimination.

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When you get a promotion usually there is a raise attached. In this case eight months have gone by and Paul Chagolla has not seen yet. He also happens to be the only Mexican American in that high position.

He filed a complaint charging the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors with discrimination. Dep. Chagolla tells 3TV, "I intend to see this through."

He has been with the MCSO for 18 years and was promoted to deputy chief last November.

Chagolla says, "With that promotion, I became the first and only Mexican American to achieve the level of deputy chief in the entire history of the sheriff's office.

But in eight months the board of supervisors has not approved the standard pay raise and what makes matters worse, he tells 3TV he is getting no explanation why.

Deputy Chief Chagolla adds, "I'm left to believe that I'm being discriminated against."

So he filed a complaint with the federal government's equal employment opportunity commission.

In it he says, "I believe I have been discriminated against for both my race and age.

3TV contacted the Board of Supervisors and talked to Richard Deuriart, a spokesperson. He tells 3TV the supervisors have not been briefed of Chagolla's complaint and says it has been "sitting in the legal and budget department" for about two months. He also says not approving Chagolla's raise has nothing to do with ethnicity."

Of course, Chagolla disagrees. "It's wrong, it's illegal, it's immoral, it's unethical."

It is those reasons why Chagolla has no plans on giving up. "I have to follow through, and if it takes litigation so that they never do this again to anybody that's in a similar situation, then that's what has to happen."

Since bringing it to their attention on Tuesday the county board of supervisors is expected to look at Chagolla's complaint and respond to it on Thursday.