Four complaints were filed against Granite Shoals Mayor Aaron Garcia for perceived violations of the city’s charter and ethics ordinances. File photo
Four official complaints have been filed against Granite Shoals Mayor Aaron Garcia for perceived violations of the city charter and the city’s ethics ordinances. The council addressed the complaints during its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 28.
Granite Shoals resident Suzanne Ort, wife of Councilor Phil Ort, filed the complaints against Garcia on March 16. Three of the complaints are for alleged violations of the city charter and one is for an alleged violation of the city’s ethics ordinance. A three-councilor committee was formed to investigate the charter complaints, and the city’s Ethics Review Committee will investigate the ethics complaint.
“I had complaints submitted against me that, in my opinion, are frivolous and malicious in nature,” Garcia told DailyTrib.com. “I am not concerned. This is all an attempt to discredit me.”
After a lengthy executive session during Tuesday night’s meeting, the council formed a three-person committee to investigate the charter complaints consisting of councilors Micheal Berg, Steve Hougen, and Kevin Flack.
“We’ve got allegations. We just want to see if there is any merit to them,” Mayor Pro-tem Ron Munos told DailyTrib.com.
Garcia left the executive session early, and Munos ran the remainder of the meeting in his absence. There is currently no timeline on how long the committee’s investigation will take.
Suzanne Ort told DailyTrib.com that the root of her complaints is in Garcia’s handling of the city manager search.
“The main reason (I filed the complaints) is that I felt the public should know what is going on,” she said. “I don’t think people were aware of why the contract negotiations were tainted and interfered with.”
CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, DailyTrib.com incorrectly reported that Suzanne Ort had filed her complaint against Aaron Garcia for his failure to fulfill a public information request that she submitted. The complaint was filed by Ort against Garcia for his alleged failure to fulfill a public information request made by City Secretary Dawn Wright. DailyTrib.com apologizes for the error.