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Lower Valley Water District general manager fired after sexual harassment accusations

Lower Valley Water District General Manager 

The man in charge of the Lower Valley Water District has been fired after being accused of sexual harassment.

The Lower Valley Water District supplies water for people in Socorro, San Elizario and Clint.

The board met for a third time Wednesday night to discuss General Manager Jack Alayyan’s contract.

Last week Alayyan said he was on leave because of the sexual harassment accusations.

Wednesday, after an hour behind closed doors, the board decided to terminate him.

The board would not discuss details about the firing and just said it was for a good cause.

This wasn’t the first time Alayyan has been accused of sexual harassment.

Court records show that in 2014 the Lower Valley Water District settled with a former employee for $65,000 after the employee said she was sexually harassed by Alayyan.

The employee was allegedly fired a month later for retaliation.

Board president Rosalinda Vigil said the board will now work on replacing Alayyan.

“The board will hold additional meetings so the staff understands there will be direction and guidance for them,” Alayyan said.

CBS4 contacted Alayyan but he declined to comment.

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