YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is investigating accusations the City of Yuma broke an Arizona Open Meeting Law, which protects openness in government.
A document puts a January retreat in Phoenix into question. Former city council candidate Jack Kretzer filed the complaint, stating the gathering was held too far from Yuma and therefore violated the law. Kretzer also filed several other complaints in 2014 regarding a number of city council meetings.
He wrote details released to the public about an executive session were intentionally vague.
Former Yuma mayor Phil Clark also filed three complaints to the Arizona Attorney General in 2014. Clark claims City Council broke open meetings law multiple times, alleging an executive session lasted hours longer than what the city clerk publicly reported.
He wrote, “As a former mayor of Yuma, I find these acts to be suspect and inappropriate.”
Officials from the Arizona Attorney General’s office said all the claims are being investigated.
Spokesperson Kristen Keogh explained possible consequences if the allegations are proven true.
“Some of the action that could be taken could be training for council members, monitoring for compliance with open meeting law, civil fines, or removal from office.”
City officials did not want to speak to us about the issue.