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Pima County constable has been suspended for nearly 6 months

July 1, 2021 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County Constable Oscar Vasquez has been suspended for nearly six months for allegedly refusing to serve an eviction while waiting for the tenant to find another housing option.

Vasquez serves eviction papers and other legal summons in Justice Precinct 4.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that the state ethics board that oversees constables’ performance asked Vasquez to resign from his position while asking the county Board of Supervisors to suspend him 180 days without pay.

Supervisors voted 3-2 last week to suspend Vasquez, according to the Star.

The Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board voted unanimously to urge Vasquez to resign from his elected position.

Vasquez wrote in response to the complaint that he has “never nor will not put an evicted Pima County resident in a worse situation by making them homeless due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and housing crisis,” adding that it is “morally wrong and unjust.”

The Star reported that the ethics board found Vasquez deliberately disobeyed a lawful order by delaying a writ of restitution for five days without a Centers for Disease Control declaration protecting the tenant from eviction.