Negotiations continued over the weekend after the release of an investigative report
By Brahm Resnik | 12 News
Attorneys for Maricopa County and suspended County Assessor Paul Petersen have been in talks for several weeks about Petersen resigning in exchange for a portion of his pay or benefits, 12 News has learned.
News of the talks comes ahead of the County Board’s hearing Wednesday on Petersen’s appeal of a four-month unpaid suspension imposed by the board.
Petersen has entered not-guilty pleas to more than five-dozen felony charges in a three-state baby-selling scheme.
Emails obtained by 12 News reveal the settlement talks between Petersen and the county began before Thanksgiving.
There is no guarantee they’ll strike a deal. In fact, the most recent e-mails suggest the two sides are far apart.