Probation officer's union files lawsuit against probation department, director
SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County's probation department is facing a revolt by its own officers.
News 4 learned the union representing probation officers has filed a lawsuit against the department and its director.
The sheriff's office is already investigating complaints by probation officers, who have twice taken votes of no confidence against Director Jarvis Anderson. The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the department of retaliating against the union.
Sergio Castilleja used to be the president of the probation officer’s union, but he was fired by department Director Jarvis Anderson. The lawsuit claims Castilleja was discriminated against for his union activity and for talking to us about problems at probation.
Like Anderson's policy prohibiting his officers from arresting probationers even if they have active warrants. That resulted in wanted offenders walking right out of their probation appointments.
“The only protocol we have through the department is to tell them to turn themselves in. When they have a chance, go see their lawyer, and hopefully they'll do the right thing," Castilleja told us in 2016.
The lawsuit accuses Anderson and his deputy director of causing "institutional injury" to union members.
The suit demands that Castilleja be restored to his job with back pay.
We reached out to Anderson and the probation department for comment on the lawsuit but so far haven't heard back.