Nine months after being promoted, a deputy chief in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has filed a federal race and age discrimination complaint against the county for allegedly withholding his pay raise.
Paul Chagolla is an outspoken critic of the Board of Supervisors and the county’s administration and believes he’s being retaliated against.
Documents obtained from the Sheriff’s Office show Chagolla was promoted on Nov. 17, 2008, and his hourly pay should have risen from $44.89 to $50.91 an hour – the entry-level pay for a deputy chief.
Chagolla filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in late June alleging that three Caucasian officers were promoted to deputy chief and received pay raises. The 42-year-old Chagolla is of Mexican descent.
EEOC officials would not confirm or deny on Aug. 24 that a complaint has been made.
The Sheriff’s Office has seven deputy chiefs and three civilians who are at the same level of authority.