Newly seated Quartzsite , AZ Councilman Mark Orgeron, Councilwoman Carol Kelly, and illegally appointed Councilwoman Norma Crooks have signed to convene a special meeting of the common council, tomorrow, Saturday, August 25th, at 4 pm. However, Town Clerk Terry Frausto reportedly refused to post the notice, forcing at least one council member and others to post them on the public bulletin boards around town. Town employees may have promptly taken them down.
The surprise move comes in the wake of two press releases, one from Town Manager Alexandra Taft, which stated that she had placed scandal plagued Police Chief Jeff Gilbert and Sgt. Fabiola Garcia on administrative leave without explanation, and the other from Chief Gilbert stating that he had been "exonerated" and that Attorney General Tom Horne had refused to prosecute him for undisclosed crimes.
The agenda for the meeting contains two items. One is to discuss taking action against the town manager, and the other is to possibly reinstate the police chief.
Town Manager Taft has reportedly had the locks changed at Town Hall and the Police Department. Sources say that the meeting will take place on the steps of Quartzsite Town Hall, as staff is not expected to unlock the building.
The Town issued the following press release today: