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Suspended HISD Chief Auditor Back To Work

HISD never explained his suspension, other than allegations of “misconduct.”

The chief auditor for the Houston Independent School District has been ordered back to work, five months after he was abruptly suspended.

In March, HISD informed Richard Patton that he was being suspended and reassigned to home duty for alleged “misconduct and other performance concerns.”

HISD never gave an example or further explained his suspension.

It came months after Patton questioned the district's administration of its school construction projects and a massive budget shortfall of more than $200 million.

Patton later filed a whistle-blower grievance, claiming he was retaliated against because he reported suspicious activity to law enforcement officers.

Now HISD says in a statement that it “has resolved the issues related to his temporary reassignment.” He’s been directed back to duty as chief auditor, effective Wednesday.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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