Carl Seel, constable who failed to serve orders of protection, resigns his post

Carl Seel Cronkite News Service Photo/Julia Tylor

BY DILLON ROSENBLATT | Arizona Mirror

Maricopa County Constable Carl Seel resigned his post this month, two months after a report that he failed to serve 80 orders of protection and didn’t know the basic functions of the job.

Seel faced a complaint with the Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board earlier this year alleging his failure to serve the orders of protection over a nine month period. He claimed it was because he wasn’t properly trained on the AZPoint system that constables use for their work. 

Maricopa County presiding constable Michael Branham filed the complaint and told the Arizona Mirror all 80 orders were eventually served when constables from across Maricopa County pitched in to help Seel, who served as constable in the Moon Valley precinct in north Phoenix.

“I remember back when I filed the export complaint, we also had developed a plan to address all those unserved orders. And, indeed, not only did Mr. Seel work on that, really our entire staff Valley-wide helped,” he said. 

AZFamily first reported on the complaint in February. Late last month, Seel sent a resignation letter to the county board of supervisors informing them his final day in elected office would be May 4. Seel said it was due to “personal family concerns,” but Branham told the Mirror he thinks the job was also too much for him. 

Seel could not be reached for comment.

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