FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, the Town of Quartzsite fired controversial Police Chief Jeff Gilbert for “gross negligence and willful misconduct”.
See official press release above.
Gilbert had been placed on paid administrative leave while under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety for allegedly facillitating "the false presentation of a time sheet containing
false information." Rather than follow the restrictions set forth for his leave, he chose to use his vacation days. According to the press release, he is currently in somewhere in Alabama.
The press release was posted to the town's website at 8:50 am. A three page letter included in the press release was sent by certified mail to Gilbert in Alabama, however it was reported elsewhere that, "According to Gilbert, Johnson talked to him on his cell phone at
exactly 9:00 am today (Arizona time). There had been a previous call,
but cell service was not available."
The source also stated that the Town Council did not know Johnson had fired Gilbert. There was apparently an “incident”
outside Town Hall where Town Attorney Martin Brannan was confronted by angry council members and citizens.