Staff changes and terminations announced at Pinal County Attorney’s Office

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Press Release, Pinal County – After a tumultuous ending to what appeared to be an otherwise peaceful transition, Lando Voyles, the newly elected Pinal County Attorney stated, “During the duration of my campaign I pledged to strengthen criminal prosecution against violent offenders that require mandatory prison time by holding people accountable.” Lando continued, “The personnel changes enacted over this transition are paramount to changing the culture within this office.”

 

Lando agreed that some of the dismissed individuals deserve credit for a good career in prosecution and was disappointed by the recently failed cooperation between his transition team and other departments within the county. Lando stated, “This failed cooperation made this a less than desirable transition. However, the obstacles placed before me could not prevent me from my resolve to change the deep rooted culture, within this office, of releasing violent offenders. Some of these changes became necessary and apparent after meticulous interviews and reviewing employees’ work product.”

 

Lando further stated, “Aside from the deep rooted lackadaisical style of prosecution, this office was in complete disarray from mismanagement.” Lando argued that an investigation of embezzlement within the office demonstrates this mismanagement. “We are currently investigating theft that occurred within the office. While the individual remains innocent until proven guilty, the former management failed the citizens of Pinal County by allowing this theft to go on for an undetermined amount of time and for an undetermined dollar amount.” This will be Lando’s basis for his upcoming request to the Board of Supervisors for a Director III position who will manage all of the money within the office and report directly to Mr. Voyles. The Director III will determine if an external audit is necessary. Based on this mismanagement, Lando mentioned, “All of those in management positions above the individual who is suspected of theft could not be allowed to remain employed in my office.”

 

Lando ended by saying, “I expect honesty and demand accountability.”

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