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February 20, 2013

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February 20, 2013 COUNCIL UPDATES by Shanana Rain Golden-Bear Quartzsite, Arizona - In a special meeting held Wed. February 6th, Quartzsite Town Council met to discuss the use of Town Letterhead in a communication written by Mayor Ed Foster, but not authorized or approved by the Town Council. Councilman Mark Orgeron requested council action after he obtained a copy of a letter sent by Foster on the town���s letterhead to Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Richard Halliday. In the letter, Foster alleges discrepancies in the 2012 DPS investigation of allegations Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert misused federal crime databases. Among other things, he claimed the ���ndings were not consistent with what was recorded in the interviews and alleged a large portion of one interview was missing. The DPS stated their investigation concluded there was not enough evidence to obtain a conviction against Gilbert. DPS stated there were also questions about the reliability of some witnesses. Council Approved: to direct Mayor Foster to ���le all previous correspondence sent on Town letterhead with the Town clerk for ���ling; for Mayor Foster to bring all written transmissions to be sent on town letterhead before the council for approval before mailing; that Interim Town Manager correspond with each recipient of this transmission and notify them this letter and any subsequent letter not signed by the council is 1) not approved by the council and does not re���ect the views or position of the Town, 2) Complete a public record request from each agency to cover the period of October 2012 through current. Motion Amended to include Arizona Attorney General and Governor. Motion amended to include Mayor return documents by close of business, Thursday, March 7, 2013 and direct Bruno to create a letter for agencies that includes the sign off of council members. Five in favor, one (Workman) opposed, Foster absent. During his ���rst term as mayor in 2010, Foster was accused of sending out letters and of requesting investigations of town of���cials without the consent of the council. The council censured him on Sept. 14, 2010 for similar actions. In a confusing meeting held Tuesday, February 12th, at 9am, Council members were asked to review, discuss and take possible direction regarding existing Boards, Committees and Commissions created by the Town Council. After the initial motion was made and seconded, discussion ensued. Mayor Foster then made another motion to direct staff to have a work session and for the Council and community to discuss this ordinances and structures of the boards and commissions. Motion seconded. Another motion was made to open the topic to the public, seconded and approved. After members of the public commented, council voted on Foster���s motion to hold work session. 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