AZ Attorney General’s Office investigating City of Yuma

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.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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