Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert fired

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The contract of Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, for years the subject of attention while clashing with a faction of town residents who opposed him, was terminated Tuesday by the Quartzsite Town Council.

At the regularly scheduled council meeting, members convened in an Executive Session to discuss Gilbert’s contract. They reconvened in public session and voted to terminate his contract without cause, and pay the provisions of his severance. The vote was unanimous, with the Vice Mayor abstaining.

Gilbert had been the center of controversy in Quartzsite for some time, with some residents accusing him of targeting them with politically motivated arrests. The situation spiralled when Jennifer Jones, a local newspaper publisher, was removed from a council meeting by Gilbert. The video of the event was seen thousands of times on YouTube, bringing national press coverage to the town and attention on Chief Gilbert. The resulting furor even prompted a protest rally organized by a Constitution-centered organization called Oath Keepers, with the town’s mayor Ed Foster leading the march.

In September 2012, then Assistant Town Manager Al Johnson fired Gilbert by certified letter without the knowledge of the council, for “gross negligence and willful misconduct”. Gilbert was later reinstated and Johnson fired instead for his “inappropriate” actions.

Although several investigations were reported or conducted, Gilbert maintained that he was not abusing his power. His supporters say he was being attacked by a trouble-making faction of town residents led by Foster and Jones, whose relationship with Gilbert was characterized by frequent clashes and testy exchanges.

There is no word of a replacement or Interim Chief. To read Parker Live’s coverage of Quartzsite news involving Chief Gilbert, click HERE.

5 comments

  1. NO MORE DICTATORS.

  2. Y’all in quartzite need to get it together, way to much drama.

  3. It’s about time this council did this. Quartzsite has had so much drama. Now get rid of that so called town manager who thinks she can run everything and put some quality people in office with real leadership skills. Even the Mayor is a quack.

  4. Jeff Gilbert will need that pay off from his contract. A major Federal Court Order has gone against him, Alex Taft, Al Johnson, and the Town of Quartzsite. From my read of the 60 page Court Order, the Quartzsite 8 won and the Town of Quartzsite didn’t win a single point on their side.

    Read it for yourself at this Link: http://www.quartzsitenews.tv/nov%2021%202013%20Q8%20order.pdf

  5. I’m sorry for not adding this in the last post. However, on page 11 you will find that this Federal Judge was not very happy about Jeff Gilbert running all those N.C.I.C. checks. In fact he hints that this could still lead to Criminal Charges against Jeff Gilbert & Town Officials…

    Read it for yourself at this Link: http://www.quartzsitenews.tv/nov%2021%202013%20Q8%20order.pdf

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