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Published on Aug 4, 2011
Quartzsite, Arizona August 3, 2011 - The La Paz County Superior Court's temporary restraining order against the town of Quartzsite went into effect Wednesday.
The temporary restraining order filed by attorneys representing the nine officers and an evidence tech put on administrative leave protects them from termination until they've had a pre-termination hearing before a neutral decision maker.
The order names the town of Quartzsite, Town Manager Alex Taft, Assistant Manager Al Johnson and Police Chief Jeff Gilbert as defendants.
"This is a restraining order, a reinstatement [and] a show cause order," says Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster. "Three separate actions to restraint them from further action against the police officers that filed a complaint with the chief."
The town council recently terminated Sgt. William Ponce, the President of the Quartzsite Police Officers Association. The order protects Ponce and the other officers along with their families from retribution from the defendants.