Ducey says fix needed to address rare situations like Petersen’s

The Maricopa County Board (shown) will vote Wednesday on taking action on Assessor Paul Petersen, jailed for 2 weeks on charges of baby trafficking. The board has considered suspending Petersen, 12 News reports.

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona needs some sort of law or procedure to oust elected county officials as necessary, Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday.

But the governor does not favor turning some of these offices into appointed positions.

Ducey repeated his call on Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen to resign following his arrest stemming from his operation of an international adoption business.

He faces charges in Arizona of defrauding the state by having pregnant women who were willing to give up their babies flown from the Marshall Islands to Arizona and then enrolling them in the state’s Medicaid program. There are similar charges pending in Arkansas and Utah as well as federal charges of human smuggling.


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