A former Investigator into the Scientology based Narconon Arrowhead says she was fired in retaliation for going public.
News 9 was the first to report the two investigators into the drug treatment facility were suing the state for wrongful termination.
On Aug. 19, News 9 aired a story about the two investigators of the Narconon Arrowhead facility who say they were wrongfully terminated when they pushed for the results of their investigation be made public.
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According to the lawsuit, their report “determined that the Narconon facility violated numerous state laws and recommended that the facility be shut down.”
After that report aired, Kim Poff was fired again from her new job as an investigator with DHS. According to Rachel Bussett, Kimberly Poff's attorney, the day after the story aired, Poff's file was pulled at DHS and she was gone by the end of the week.
“This is retaliation and that's illegal,” said Bussett.
Poff spent her career working for the state, including more than 10 years with DHS before taking over as Inspector General with the Department of Mental Health where she worked for seven more years.
“She was a well-recognized employee. She was given awards. She worked her way up through the ranks,” said Bussett.
DHS spokesperson, Sheree Powell, says Poff was fired because she was dishonest on her employment application. Poff wrote she "resigned in lieu of termination" from the Department of Mental Health, instead of that she was terminated.
“It's just untrue,” said Poff. “DHS knew everything that had happened. There was a termination letter in her file.”
News 9 even aired another story in April about Poff's termination, before Poff was hired by DHS.
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“The state did the wrong thing, two times here,” said Bussett.
Bussett says Poff will be filing another wrongful termination lawsuit, this time against DHS.