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Gilbert mayor ‘exercised poor judgment’ but did not violate ethics code, report finds

By Joshua Bowling | Arizona Republic

Gilbert Mayor Brigette Peterson “exercised poor judgment” but never violated the town’s ethics code when dealing with a dispute between a developer and residents, an investigation commissioned by the town has concluded.

Several residents in June filed ethics complaints against Peterson, alleging that she showed favor to a developer who donated to and helped run her mayoral campaign.

The town hired Tucson-based attorney Frank Cassidy to investigate. He said in his Sept. 30 report that Peterson “exercised poor judgment in a few instances, but did not violate the Gilbert Code of Ethics.”

The probe had expanded beyond the hotly contested apartment development to also include claims that the mayor:

Created a “toxic work environment” by saying she had “disdain” for the town’s new logo and discriminating against an employee who worked in the office responsible for it.

Put a Town Council agenda item up for a vote with no prior discussion.

Did not let a resident speak about a consent agenda item at a Town Council meeting in August.

Cassidy cited three instances of poor judgment by Peterson:

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