The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is closely following the federal and state investigations into County Assessor Paul Petersen. Out of an abundance of caution, Chairman Bill Gates asked for an internal audit of the Assessor’s Office to determine if there is any crossover between the allegations against Assessor Petersen and his responsibilities as Assessor. To date, no such link has been alleged. This issue has the full attention of the Board and members expect to take action that is in the best interest of the 4.5 million residents of Maricopa County.
On October 10, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued the following statement regarding Assessor Petersen:
Due to the serious nature of these allegations and out of respect for the Maricopa County Assessor's Office, each member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors calls for the resignation of County Assessor Paul Petersen. Petersen’s prompt resignation will ensure his legal issues don’t distract him from leading the County Assessor’s Office. The Board will continue to provide the necessary resources and leadership to the Assessor's Office so the team can remain focused on providing excellent customer service to the residents of Maricopa County.