MELROSE, N.M. (AP) _ The New Mexico Human Rights Bureau has determined probable cause exists for sexual discrimination or retaliation in the September firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling by then-mayor Lance Pyle.
A hearing has been scheduled Sept. 15-16. A June 3 letter from the bureau, provided to the Clovis News Journal by plaintiff's attorney Dan Lindsey, shows Dreiling filed the discrimination charge Sept. 15, five months after she was fired for alleged poor performance.
Dreiling claims Pyle made sexual advances toward her and when she turned him down, he retaliated by firing her. An Albuquerque attorney representing Pyle, Mary Torres, says neither she nor Pyle has seen the letter, so she declined commenton it. Torres says Pyle maintains Dreiling's dismissal was legitimate.
Pyle now serves as Curry County manager.
Information from: Clovis News Journal, http://www.cnjonline.com