Ethics complaint alleges Arizona Rep. Anthony Kern violated state Constitution


Representative Anthony Kern appears on a list of officers with a history
of dishonesty or misconduct. /Gage Skidmore/Flick

By Dustin Gardiner | Arizona Republic 

An ethics complaint filed with the Arizona House of Representatives alleges state Rep. Anthony Kern violated the Arizona Constitution when he simultaneously worked as a lawmaker and a Tombstone marshal for about two years.

According to the Constitution, lawmakers cannot hold “any other office or be otherwise employed by the state of Arizona or, any county or incorporated city or town thereof.”

The complaint alleges Kern violated that requirement starting in early 2017, when he became a certified Arizona police officer with the Tombstone Marshal’s Office, where he worked as a reserve marshal.

Kern, R-Glendale, abruptly resigned from his position with the Marshal’s Office in March, but the agency and the lawmaker won’t explain why.

Rebecca Olsen McHood, a progressive political activist, filed the complaint with the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday. She alleges Kern’s “conduct clearly violates the Arizona Constitution.”

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