This is “old news” has been some of the comments that a few readers have told me about yesterday’s blog about Taylor Cortinas. Likewise, I expect the same individuals to argue that today’s blog about Jeremy Jordan is also “old news”. In the case of Cortinas, one thing is news based on documentation and first-hand accounts and another is rumormongering. The general public knew that Cortinas was fired. However, until I posted my blog yesterday, very few knew the why’s and the rest of the context surrounding her termination from the city. Although, much is known about the firing of Jeremy Jordan, there are still a few issues that are yet to be publicly discussed, mainly the investigation into his sexual harassment of members of Claudia Ordaz’ office.

As you likely know, Jeremy Jordan was a former staffer for Cortney Niland.

As I wrote yesterday, Jennifer Gonzalez, executive aide to Claudia Ordaz, sent an email to Ordaz outlining two concerns, one regarding Taylor Cortinas and the second issue was about Jeremy Jordan. In her email, Gonzalez wrote about Jordan the following:

“On or around May 12, a remark was made by Jeremy Jordan in reference to the amount of monies donated to Rep Ordaz’s [sic] campaign, indicating that it was a lot of money. The reference was made was, ‘the only way I would donate that much to Claudia would be in her G-string,’ or word to that effect. As one employee, Jennifer, was offended, he continued to laugh and stated, ‘look, Jennifer looks like she wants to (hit or kill) me,’ or words to that effect. A second employee, Taylor, indicated that it may be the case, and the gentleman requested that we not tell Rep Ordaz, again with ‘nonchalant’ laughter, and the conversation to [sic] a turn in a different direction”.

On July, 2, 2015, Claudia Ordaz responded to Gonzalez’ email. In regards to Jordan, Ordaz wrote; “Jeremey’s [sic] inappropriate comments, they are clearly a sexual harassment violation”. Ordaz added that she would be filing a “formal complaint with the Human Resources Department.” [emphasis mine]

On July 20, 2016, the city’s Human Resources Director sent a memorandum to Claudia Ordaz. The memo advises Ordaz that the “concern” she raised on July 7, 2015 “has been investigated.” The memorandum added that “appropriate action has been taken regarding the incident that occurred on or about May 12, 2015.”

As many of you know, there were various text messages between Jaime Abeytia, Claudia Ordaz and Vince Perez on August 5, 2015 where they disparaged Cortney Niland. On September 15, 2015, Jaime Abeytia published a blog about a former intern who was tasked by Jeremy Jordan to dig up dirt on Claudia Ordaz.

As you know from yesterday’s post, Taylor Cortinas was terminated by the City on November 10, 2015 with a ten-day notice of termination.

Five days later, Jordan sent the following email to city officials with the subject line “Security Matter”:

“On behalf of Rep. Niland, we respectfully request an emergency meeting be conducted tomorrow with HR, City Attorney, Mayor, City Manager, Linda Ball Thomas, Nancy Bartlett, head of internal Audit, the head of IT, and Police. We are requesting all findings or the recent breech to the District 8 office. The reasoning behind termination of Ms. Cortinas. The reasons why the victim was the last to know and what steps are in place to take corrective action and protect the innocent victims. I expect this meeting to be conducted after City Council meeting tomorrow. If I don’t get the answers requested today and tonight, I’ll be forced to share this with the media.”

As I wrote yesterday, David Karlsruher followed the Jordan threat to go to the news media with several blog posts alleging an illegal email theft at city hall. I hope you see how the dots connect.

It also appears that Cortney Niland was unwilling to meet with police investigators regarding an investigation into a pending email case at the city. I believe her apparent unwillingness to meet is related to the threat posted by Jordan about going to the news media and Karlsruher’s blog posts.

As you also know from yesterday’s post, Claudia Ordaz complained that an investigation was being “politically driven”. Ordaz also complained that Karlsruher was being leaked information by Niland. Ordaz included copies of several of Karlsruher’s posts as evidence in her complaint to the police investigators.

On December 14, 2015, Cortney Niland was informed via a voicemail that Jeremy Jordan had been arrested on family violence charges the previous day. Shortly after that, Niland terminated Jordan’s employment.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article where I reveal to you the city representative that had a recent police encounter.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

9 replies on “The Firing of Jeremy Jordan”

  1. If that’s all Jordan said, that’s not harassment. Offensive comments that could been settled with a letter in his record as a warning. It wasn’t so offensive that it merited termination. It merited termination if the behavior continued or this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. At worst, it was a bad attempt to interject humor.

    It used to be said if the lady likes you, the comments won’t be offensive however if there is dislike, then drop the hammer. No offense Jordan, perhaps if you had been a young single Novella star, it wouldn’t have been an issue.

    This bs was a tit for tat with the firing of the employees and for the council members to distance themselves from the actions. They had plenty to hide so scape goat them. They’re just “lil people”.

    Why isn’t there any investigation or inquires about the county connection to Ordaz during the council meetings. And who knows what other interference occurred. Why was Niland so forgiving of the perv for ridiculing her and betraying her trust? Why would she even be discussing her personal issues with him? For all we know was to protect her future political ambitions. I can say that discussion of personal issues between two married people, married to others, is a good way to create malicious rumors.

    All this is going on in council and the county, didn’t it ever occur to any of them that prospective industry and families do their home work before moving. The school corruption, second within five years didn’t help. Throw up all the skyscrapers you want, continue buying toys or legacy memorabilia and ignoring the infrastructure. Keep believing that people will ignore the bad or and stampede to move to El Paso. At this point, even the Juarez government entities have a better image.

  2. The guy is a pig. Had this been an Hispanic staffer that made a comment like that to Nikand can you imagine what would happen? Media would be all over it.

    He should have been ford for that comment. But karma got him first.

  3. Gabby
    Jordan father is Hispanic and his mother is native American nice try. Martin’s story is total bullshit and mostly a fabrication. There was never as single official charge of harassment brought against Jordan at the city substantiated or was he ever found guilty of family violence. Let’s not let the truth get in the way of a tall tail
    What did happen and Martin doesn’t want to address it because it goes against his false narrative the fact is Niland and the city failed to allow a thing called due process and yep Jordan has the grounds to sue the ass of of Niland and the city for it if he wanted too and Niland and the city knows it.
    Martin when you make a ORR at the city ask for archive e-mails and documents where you get the whole story. Niland’s e-mail on the safety devices are in the archives.
    Hey I would tell Jordan to pull an Emma Acosta on the city and walk away with a bag of money for them being stupid.
    Like many we have known all of this and the other non-sense claims for a half year or more. Martin has just been real slow on the up take about this story and only has a very half baked cherry picked version then again let’s not let a thing called facts and truth get in the way.

  4. Jordan is still a “pig,” regardless of his ethnicity. Having been a snitch for Niland is prima facie evidence of his porkitude.

    She’s doing a fine job of providing a treasure trove of dirt for her opponents in the upcoming mayoral race. But Niland is so oblivious to her political & other excesses that Cortney’s campaign slogan may as well be “Swine Is Fine.”

  5. Robb Chavez
    All based on nothing more than speculation,conjecture, innuendo. Then when proven with facts the truth still doesn’t matter. Yep your a moron and speaks volumes about some elect in El Paso supporters. Then again let’s not let facts and truth get in the way in a very poor attempt to disparaging some one some may not like because of their political vain or who they work for.
    So Robb and Gabby step up and produce real proof,not opinions, bull shit, not water cooler gossip, Jordan did something wrong. Even the women who made the claims could not even get their story straight to what was actually said. It was kind of like, was sort of a long the lines is the general gist of their claims. Majority of people can tell you what someone one said when something is said that offends them. Not in the case!
    You Robb and Gabby are perfect example of the slogan El Paso Stupid, El Paso proud!
    Oh Martin did you even take the time to reach out to Jordan on the issue it should not have been very hard since you have several friends who know how to get in easy contact with him?
    Let us let you in on the big secret or at least one blogger thinks is a secret, that being the want to be “Double Knot Spy”of El Paso government David K, Niland is the one feeding the information has been told by staff and others not to did but then again she is not the only one doing this on CC. Ordaz, Noe and Acosta are known to be feeding local bloggers information and have been told not to do it to but these idiots do not listen either. Given time it will come back to bite them.

  6. Women have to deal with pigs making inappropriate comments like that all the time. Given his family violence charge I can see see why he was fired.

    It’s terrible that women have to deal with this in this day and age.

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