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Quartzsite, Arizona

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Quartzsite Police Officers vote no confidence

The following notice was received today:

Quartzsite Police Officers Vote
No Confidence in Chief of Police

Quartzsite, Arizona – June 12, 2011 - Members of the Quartzsite Police Officers Association, representing 80% of the Quartzsite Police Department, would like to make the following announcement.

We have notified the Mayor, members of the Quartzsite Town Council and AZPOST of town policy and criminal violations by Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert. We have expressed a vote of “No Confidence” in his leadership, and have requested his resignation.

Quartzsite Town Manager, Alex Taft, instead of doing her duty to the citizens of Quartzsite to start an immediate investigation through AZPOST and the Department of Public Safety, has set up condition after condition to be met in an apparent effort to stall, delay or prevent an honest investigation from occurring.

The Quartzsite Town Council as a whole appears to be either powerless or unwilling to compel Taft or Gilbert to comply with town policy and requests by Town Council members to initiate an investigation.

Members of the Quartzsite Police Officers Association, in a show of unity and represented by AZCOPS, at the Town Meeting on June 14th, 2011, will give a public statement of “No Confidence” in Police Chief Jeff Gilbert and our reasons for the vote.

Will Ponce
Alex Ruvalcaba
James Kemp
Ruben Villafana
Heriberto Dominguez
Herlen Yeomans
Michelle Norris
Linda Conley
Stephen Frakes
Filipe Rodriguez

Will Ponce
(928) 210-6177

[Editor's note: Agenda for Tuesday's night Council meeting is available below or at]


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