State ethics board recommends disciplinary action against Pima County constable up for re-election, records show

State ethics board recommends disciplinary action against Pima County constable up for re-election, records show
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - In a letter to the county board of supervisors, the Arizona Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board recommended an elected constable receive disciplinary action for a number of violations, including illegally using a disability placard among other violations. The county board is expected to discuss the matter in a meeting next month.

In the letter detailing an investigation into wrongdoings by Constable Oscar Vasquez, the CESTB recommended the county board place him on administrative leave for at least 30 days or until his term expires.

The letter detailed numerous complaints against the constable dating from May 2017 to March 2020.

Vasquez had many complaints written against him including illegally using a disability placard in May 2017, a violation of motor vehicle laws and disregard of county vehicle operations policy in June 2017- as well as multiple complaints to the CESTB regarding different driving incidents including a confrontation with a civilian in May 2019, according to the letter from the CESTB to county supervisors.

From 2017 to 2019, Vasquez was placed on probation twice and given at least three letters of reprimand from the CESTB, records show.

In the letter, the CESTB wrote:

“Pursuant to A.R.S. §22-137 numerous steps have been taken by the CESTB to mitigate these violations, but Vasquez has shown little desire to correct a pattern of unacceptable behavior. Given the nature of the violations, the CESTB believes Constable Vasquez poses a threat to public safety. The CESTB has exhausted all remedies available to it and consequentially recommends the Pima County Board of Supervisors place Constable Vasquez on suspension without pay for a minimum of 30 days and that the suspension remains in place until he has completed the training requirements specified in CNA245-2020 below, or his term in office expires, whichever comes first.”

The county board of supervisors is expected to decide on the CESTB’s recommendation in its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Vasquez, a registered Democrat, serves as the Pima County constable for precinct four. He was elected to the position in 2017 and is running for re-election in this year’s general election in November, according to Ballotpedia.

Read the CESTB’s letter to the Pima County Board of Supervisors and a list of complaints against Vasquez below:

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