Suffolk Register of Probate Félix D. Arroyo, whose roots go deep in JP, has been placed on paid leave while his office is under investigation.
Arroyo's lawyer told the Globe that entrenched court employees sabotaged his efforts to hire a more diverse staff.
The suspension has provoked ire from Arroyo's supporters, including Máximo Torres, a columnist for the JP-based El Mundo Newspaper. Torres said Arroyo has not been accused of wrongdoing and was suspended without due process.
Arroyo for years lived in JP. The native of Puerto Rico came to political prominence as the first Latino to win a City Council seat. He lives in Revere now, according to his son, Félix G. Arroyo. His son, who still lives in JP, followed him into politics and has also served on City Council. Jamaica Plain News spoke to Félix G. Arroyo Tuesday outside City Hall, where he is chief of Health and Human Services. He had no comment about his father's suspension.