Alan Marchione recall, Maricopa, Arizona (2012)
Reasons for recall
Marchione faced several public calls for his resignation since complaints surfaced alleging that Marchione had engaged in inappropriate, sexually explicit conversations with City Manager Brenda Fischer. Marchione was also accused of making city staff feel their jobs were threatened. An investigation into the allegations, conducted by Phoenix attorney Bill Sims, concluded that Marchione had not sexually harassed, discriminated against, or inappropriately touched any employees. The report concluded that Marchione had been "abrasive" but had not acted illegally. The city spent at least $10,852 investigating Marchione's behavior.
As a result of the investigation, Marchione entered into an agreement about how he would interact with city staff. The terms of the agreement were as follows:
- When Marchione plans to visit City Hall, he must email Fischer and copy the mayor at least one hour beforehand. The email must state when he expects to be at City Hall within a two-hour time frame.
- While at City Hall, Marchione is allowed to be cordial with staff and greet them, but is expected to refrain from prolonged conversations or spending time in staff members’ offices.
- If Marchione needs anything from city staff, Marchione must email Fischer and copy the mayor about what information is needed. If Fischer or the mayor determines a meeting is necessary, all of the coordination and communication must go through Fischer.
- When seeing staff members outside of City Hall, Marchione cannot ask the staffer any personal questions or engage in prolonged conversation.
Fischer says that Marchione has violated the agreement four times, and that she had reported these violations to the City Attorney. Jim Chaston, who filed the recall paperwork, said "If the city business could be conducted as it should be, (the issue) probably could (go away)...But the situation is that every time he has to do business, he has to have a babysitter.” Marchione says, "My ability to be a councilman and set policy has not been diminished." Marchione says he has no plans to resign, stating, "Unless God has a different plan for me, I will not be resigning this position."
Path to the ballot
Initial recall paperwork was filed on October 3, 2012. Jim Chaston, a former Maricopa Unified School District board president, initiated the recall process. Marchione resigned from his position on October 4.
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