Recently elected Adams County Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan announced that she has fired 11 employees from the coroner’s office. Broncucia-Jordan said that she will “open those positions for application to the general public to make sure the citizens are served by the most qualified professionals [she] can find.”
According to 9NEWS, “The 29-year-old coroner previously worked in the office and was fired in 2009. She’s suing Adams County for wrongful termination. Broncucia-Jordan told 9NEWS she was fired after testifying in her co-workers sexual harassment case that involved the coroner’s chief deputy.”
Three other former employees, Dustin Bueno, Emma Hall, and Sherronda Appleberry, claim that Jim Hibbard, the previous Adams County Coroner, retaliated against them for assisting in the sexual harassment investigation.
According to Westword, while he was coroner, “Hibbard has been a magnet for controversy. His office has been plagued by massive turnover since his arrival — more than fifty firings or resignations in six years, in a department with barely a dozen employees.”
Several former employees have accused Hibbard of creating a hostile work environment and of bullying his employees. Hibbard’s chief deputy coroner, Mark Chavez, resigned in 2009 after a number of women accused him of sexual harassment.