and hired him as Assistant City Manager, Tucson CityAttorney Mike Rankin went ahead and
spent morethan half a million dollar in public money to satisfy thepunitive damages, Mayor Walkup said he was “pleased with” Miranda’s new position and the City Council signed off on thewhole deal.In other words: to hell with the federal judge and jury. WeTucson Public Officials hold ourselves above the law we’vesworn to protect.How can any honest minded person reconcile the jury’s effortand verdict in 2006 with the decision the “Good Ole Boys” made several years later when they promoted a guy who the jury found acted with “an evil mind, intending to defraud orinjure,” from Police Chief to Assistant Tucson City Manager ata whopping 50% increase in pay?In 2006 the Gilmartin Jury found that Tucson City Officials,and especially Miranda, “got rid” of Gilmartin and Harris forstanding up, telling the truth, and doing the right thing.What kind of a message does it send to the public and to cityworkers themselves when the City of Tucson
someone who has been found liable for lying,cheating and stealing?That’s a question Tucson community activist Roy Wardenintends to ask when he addresses the Tucson City Council onWednesday September 9, 2011. “The Tucson City Council and Mayor have sworn an oath butthey have failed their duty to protect the public interest,” Warden says.Warden also says that members of the local bar and public,every elected Tucson public official, should go to the TucsonCity Clerk’s Office and read for themselves the entireGilmartin Trial Transcript. “We have 200 million dollars of Rio Nuevo funds unaccountedfor, the FBI seizing Rio Nuevo files, Tucson City Manager MikeLetcher telling the public, “Oh, don’t keep looking to the past,we got to move forward,” proven liars, cheaters and thieveslike Richard Miranda promoted to high office, the unlawful useof public money to pay punitive damage awards, furloughdays at the municipal courthouse, the 911 system in collapse,firefighters laid off, the erosion of public confidence, etc. “Rome burns, public officials steal money while the CityCouncil dithers and Mayor Walkup decides to proclaim July 202011 as ‘Chocolate Chip Cookie Day,’” Warden says.