La Paz County Attorney Press Release
As the La Paz County Attorney I support Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne conducting an independent investigation into the Town of Quartzsite. Although the La Paz County Attorney’s Office will continue to address the issues that have confronted the Town of Quartzsite, the Attorney General will conduct a thorough, fair and impartial investigation with the backing of this office.
I would like to assure all residents of La Paz County that I have been carefully monitoring the political issues within the Town of Quartzsite and I have had discussions with the Office of the Attorney General. I share the concern of all citizens and I look forward to the day when Quartzsite returns to a place where people from all over the world come together for fun and relaxation throughout the year.
I have been extensively involved in the ongoing issues within the Town of Quartzsite and I have taken a stand on many of the issues. On January 28, 2011, after receiving a complaint from Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster, I issued a written admonishment to Quartzsite Town Council members Bob Kelley, Jose Lizarraga, Joe Winslow, Jerry Lukkasson, Patricia Anderson and Vice Mayor Barbara Cowell for violating the Open Meeting Laws on two separate occasions.
On April 7, 2011, after receiving another complaint from Mayor Foster for an issue regarding the minutes of a meeting, I issued a letter to Mayor Foster in which I found no violation of the Open Meeting Laws by the Town of Quartzsite.
Since becoming the La Paz County Attorney, Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert has submitted multiple cases to this office for felony review that have been declined for prosecution. Many of the cases simply do not amount to felony conduct. Some of the declinations have resulted in disagreements between Chief Gilbert and myself. This office will continue to review each and every case fairly and impartially, without bias or prejudice, and will not be swayed by public opinion.
On May 14, 2011, I invited all of the members of the Quartzsite Town Council to meet with me so that I could address any concerns they may have with the La Paz County Attorney’s Office. I offered to travel to Quartzsite to meet with all of the council members individually. To date I have formally met with three council members, Mayor Ed Foster, Councilman Jerry Lukkasson and Councilwoman Patricia Anderson. Although the meetings have not had the results I had hoped for, I have made an effort to try and resolve some of the issues that are causing conflict.
In conclusion, this office will continue to do what it can to help end the strife the Town of Quartzsite is now embroiled in.