Court order signed against ex-Commissioner Murphy Painter
State District Judge Todd Hernandez signed an order preventing ex-Commissioner Murphy Painter from going near a former ATC employee until further notice.
The restraining order centers around former employee, Kelli Suire. Court documents show Painter showed up at her house on at least one occasion asking inappropriate questions. Suire said she believes she was being stalked. The order states Suire felt threatened for her life after Painter made numerous threats to her about hurting other people.
"What the judge told us this morning makes a whole lot of sense," said Suire's attorney Jill Craft. "He doesn't want him anywhere near her. There's an established pattern of him trying to find her on a repeated basis."
Painter resigned last month amid a string of possible violations of law and ethical standards.
An exclusive News 2 investigation showed he hired Pam Salario, a woman who listed his home address and phone number on her job application. He brought her in at the third quartile pay scale at nearly $62,000. The state fired her less than a week after our report.
Painter's attorney denied the stalking allegations.
"My client categorically denies the allegations in the complaint," said Murphy Foster. "He has no reason or desire to be around the petitioner, doesn't care to be around the petitioner, so we have no objection."
When asked whether Painter ran names illegally in the statewide database, Foster said he would not comment. Foster also declined to comment about the hiring of Pam Salario. Painter stood next to his attorney the entire time and did not say a word.