Tempe may expand its power to oust a city council member

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By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic

The Tempe City Council may ask voters to give it power to remove elected officials for violating the city’s code of conduct.

Currently, the most severe response to misconduct that council members can dole out is censure. Councilman Randy Keating said “a strongly worded letter” is not enough deterrent to continued bad behavior.

The discussion comes as the city continues to evaluate how to proceed with a code-of-conduct investigation into Councilman Kolby Granville.The former teacher was fired from his post at Tempe Preparatory Academy in December after three former students accused him of misconduct, including allegations that he provided two of them with alcohol when they were underage and that he made unwanted sexual advances toward two of them. The incidents were alleged to have occurred after the students graduated. Granville denies the claims.

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