Mayes investigating Cochise County supervisors for alleged open meeting violations

Published: Friday, August 4, 2023 - 12:21pm
Updated: Friday, August 4, 2023 - 12:43pm

Attorney General Kris Mayes is investigating the Cochise County Board of Supervisors over alleged violations of state open meeting laws.

In a letter sent to the GOP-led board on July 31, Mayes, a Democrat, warned supervisors she’s received “numerous” complaints of alleged open meeting violations.

The complaints date back more than a year, and appear to coincide with various election-related decisions made by the board following the 2022 General Election — including a move by Republican supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd to sue the county’s elections director.

“Troublingly, despite these pending investigations, my office has continued to receive complaints of additional and ongoing violations,” Mayes wrote.

In her letter, the attorney general specifically singled out Crosby for ignoring “repeated warnings by legal counsel” that he’s violating the law.

Mayes warned that she will pursue penalties under state law for those legal violations — that could include seeking to remove supervisors from office.