Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster has offered a settlement to the Town of Quartzsite in his case against it that involves disbanding the Quartzsite Police Department.
The settlement, which the Town Council will discuss Tuesday evening in Executive Session during its regularly scheduled meeting, was offered in a recent letter from Foster’s attorney Julie LaBenz. As reported by the Desert Messenger, Foster’s offer is that he will drop his appeal if the Council: (1) Vote to abolish the Quartzsite Police Department; (2) Enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office to provide a Quartzsite Metro Squad to patrol Quartzsite, saving the Town approximately $500,000 per year; (3) Dedicate the funds saved by abolishing the Quartzsite Police Department to the HURF loan and the prospective USDA loan for a period of six (6) years; (4) Agree that the sewer rates be restructured to be based strictly on a volumetric rate based on water usage; and (5) Payment of Mayor Foster’s legal fees and costs in full.
Foster’s case against the Town involves his use of mayoral veto on a matter of Town business, which is currently in the appeal stage. Throughout the duration of time that Foster has been mayor, his platforms have been Town money mismanagement and overzealous policing. Foster had an adversarial relationship with former Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, who was released last year.
Although a discussion of Foster’s case is scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting with the Town’s attorney, no vote is scheduled regarding the settlement offer.