Possible litigation between a former Peoria employee and the city has revealed a political drama that significantly altered the city’s upper ranks over many months leading up to and after the swearing in of Mayor Jason Beck in January.
A big crowd was expected to come out for the Sept. 5 city council meeting and speak in favor of Dunn resigning after Lori Bango, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party’s 28th Legislative District, sent out a mass email requesting attendance.
Peoria City Council and the mayor have asked Vice Mayor Denette Dunn to resign from the board because of her involvement with a family friend who is a registered sex offender, convicted of crimes 40 years ago.
Former City Manager Jeff Tyne accepted a separation agreement that outlines a new role for him as “special consultant to the city manager” until he officially steps down from Peoria employment this summer.
The Peoria mayoral race this year is ramping up and fundraising has reached the six-figure realm, with newcomer Jason Beck’s coffers overflowing compared with former city councilmember Bridget Binsbacher.