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Kando files suit against RI Board of Elections

Former Board of Elections Executive Director Robert Kando is suing his former employer. (WJAR)

Former Board of Elections Executive Director Robert Kando is suing his former employer.

Kando filed suit against the Rhode Island Board of Elections on Monday.

In the suit, he accuses the board of violating the open meetings law and the right to due process.

Kando was fired on a 4-2 vote Aug. 31. He had been suspended twice since the beginning of the year, as several board members have not been satisfied with his job performance.

“We're looking for someone with some innovation and we wanted to make the move before the election,” Richard DuBois, who is the chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Elections, told NBC 10 News shortly after the vote.

Yet, there's more to it.

Kando has run the day-to-day operations at the Board of Elections for more than 10 years. But last year, the board threatened to fire him if his performance did not improve.

The board then suspended Kando and ordered him to take basic managerial classes. Board members then suspended him again when he didn't sign up for those classes.

Kando, who made more than $140,000 a year, had been back on the job for several months.

“And it's nothing personal. It's business. It's just business. It's not personal,” DuBois said. “I personally like Bob. He's a nice guy, (but) he's not my choice to run the show right now.”

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