SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — [UPDATE 11/14/14: Former IT director Joseph Le, who suddenly quit his job at the Registrar of Voters, tells KPIX 5 stress made him resign.]READ MORE: Volunteers Spread Out Across Bay Area for Annual Coastal Cleanup
Santa Clara County officials have launched an internal investigation into the sudden resignation of elections official Joseph Le. Authorities are on alert as he may have disappeared with a key piece of equipment.
To be clear, there is no criminal investigation of Le. But the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a potential situation involving Le by the Registrar of Voter’s earlier this week. At this point, the sheriff’s department is standing back, but monitoring what is still a county personnel matter.
Sources told KPIX 5 that when the Le, the IT director of the Registrar of Voters, abruptly quit on Election Day morning, he failed to turn in his county property including a badge, a cellphone and a computer hard drive.READ MORE: San Francisco Celebrates Rise of Lowrider Community With Car Show and Cruise
The sheriff’s office said the Registrar of Voters alerted law enforcement on Monday, and while the situation hasn’t risen to the level of a criminal probe, it is being investigated by county counsel, labor relations, and the Registrar of Voters.
Neighbors at Le’s Evergreen-area home said they have not seen him for several days, and he was not home Thursday afternoon.
Le has reportedly been in telephone contact with the registrar’s office, although a source said he hasn’t exactly made himself widely available.
The sheriff’s office gave a “no comment” to KPIX 5 when asked about the potential of a missing hard drive. As IT manager, that hard drive would have been loaded with programs and information used to help Le do his job, which is to count votes.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Schools, Public Health Dept. Partner to Provide Campus COVID Vaccinations
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