Supervisors uphold Petersen’s suspension, ask county attorney to seek his removal from office

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors prepares to go into executive session on Oct. 14, 2019, to discuss indicted county Assessor Paul Petersen.
/Photo by Jeremy Duda /Arizona Mirror

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors upheld indicted assessor Paul Petersen’s suspension and took things a step further by asking the county attorney’s office to seek his removal from office based on information gleaned Petersen’s laptop computer.

Board Chairman Bill Gates on Friday said “shocking” documents and messages related to Petersen’s private law and adoption practices demonstrated that the assessor had neglected his official duties, as the supervisors concluded when they suspended him in late October. That information also showed that Petersen was guilty of “willful misconduct in office,” Gates said, for which the county attorney can seek an official accusation from a grand jury. If convicted, Petersen would be removed from office.

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