In a nutshell, when Parrish took over, he hired two retired supervisors from the Assessor’s Office, Lopez and Bales, to come back to work to help him identify problems within his new office, and get his office in order.
Within weeks of Parrish taking office, the two newly reinstated supervisors discovered so many statutory and regulatory violations (described in detail in the complaint), that Parrish fired both of them, allegedly to avoid publicly exposing the issues they brought to his attention. Prior to terminating them, reportedly, Parrish made comments indicating that they were identifying too many problems within his office.
Lopez, one of the plaintiff, was the former supervisor who was responsible for having charges brought against the previous County Assessor, Wester Guillory, in the first place. Lopez discovered Guillory’s alleged crimes and reported the crimes to the OCDA and FBI. Following Lopez’ reporting of Guillory’s violations of the voting laws, charges were brought against him. Among items cited in Lopez’s complaint, which was also filed with the county grand jury, were “political campaigning in the workplace” and “pressure on public employees by asking for nomination signatures,” according to the O.C. Register.