Paul Petersen

(Maricopa County Assessor's Office via AP)

A lawyer for an elected official in metro Phoenix charged with running a human smuggling scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands says Tuesday that his client is willing to go to court to challenge other officials who suspended him without pay after his arrest.

Maricopa County Board Names Temporary Assessor Replacement

Oct 31, 2019
Maricopa County

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed a former county flood control director as a temporary replacement for suspended Assessor Paul Petersen.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is under arrest and facing calls to resign after allegedly running an illegal adoption ring involving women from the Marshall Islands, a remote atoll between Hawaii and Australia.

An Arizona lawmaker says he'll introduce legislation that would allow some elected county officials to be permanently removed from office.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

The governing board in Arizona's most populous county is taking steps to suspend an elected official accused of running a human smuggling scheme.