By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - Kauai's auditor says the County Council has been threatening to fire him in retaliation for an audit that revealed a high-ranking elected official illegally used a county gas card.
Ernesto Pasion filed a civil lawsuit against the county this week, claiming that attempts to fire him stem from a 2010 audit of fuel expenses. The audit found that the elected official bought gasoline for a private vehicle, prompting an investigation by Kauai police.
Pasion says in the lawsuit that the unnamed official and Council Chairman Jay Furfaro are political allies.
County attorneys are asking to move the case to federal court because it alleges violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act. A spokeswoman and a county attorney didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.