Fifth jail employee facing termination

CNJ staff

Another Curry County jail employee was notified Monday they are facing termination, according to County Manager Lance Pyle.

The employee is the fifth to face being fired since the Nov. 13 escape of inmate Narcizo Soto Jr., 35. A sergeant was fired two days later. Three others were served Friday with notice of disciplinary action with the intent to terminate their employment.

Soto was working with an inmate crew at the jail in violation of county policy, said Pyle.

Pyle said all four employees recently served notice are entitled to hearings, which are scheduled to begin next week. Pyle will make the final determination of the hearings. He said he could either find for termination or take other disciplinary action.

Soto was charged with felony assault and accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s car while her child was in it on Feb. 26. He escaped through an unlocked door at the jail about 1:30 a.m. and was recaptured at 7:45 p.m. later the same day after police said they found him hiding in the attic of a home in Clovis.

Soto’s escape was the fifth reported at the Curry County jail since 2002. The most notable occurred Aug. 24, 2008, when eight inmates, described by officials as violent, escaped from the jail by climbing through the roof. Convicted child killer Edward Salas remains at large.