Former DES director threatens to sue state over ammunition report

Photo by Arizona Department of Public Safety

By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

The former director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security is threatening to sue the state over alleged errors in a report detailing how the agency amassed an excessive stockpile of ammunition under his watch.

Tim Jeffries, who was forced to resign as head of DES in November, filed a notice of claim claiming the report produced by the Arizona Department of Public Safety contained libel and false statements against Jeffries.

Former Attorney General Tom Horne, who’s representing Jeffries in the matter, said his client is willing to settle for $5.1 million.

“Jeffries is in the consulting business, and his success depends on his reputation,” Horne wrote in his letter to the Attorney General’s Office. “The publication of this report was considerably damaging to his reputation, and therefore to his livelihood.”

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