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State asks judge to throw out libel suit of fired DES director, security chief

Former DES Director Tim Jeffries (right) and security chief Charles Loftus

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

The state is asking a judge to throw out a libel suit filed by the former director and the former security chief of the Department of Economic Security.

At issue is a Department of Public Safety report about former DES Director Tim Jeffries and security chief Charles Loftus describing a cache of weapons and ammunition DES had accumulated, under the pair’s supervision, for its own security force.

In a new legal filing, attorney for the state Daniel Dowd told a Maricopa County judge the report simply contained statements of facts and the state did nothing to defame or libel either man.

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