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Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel tells division chiefs to quit if they don't believe in her

Negative publicity during a rough February for Maricopa County’s top prosecutor was punctuated by several of her own division chiefs saying she must resign.

A reply sent Tuesday tells them to quit, if their lack of confidence in Allister Adel means they can’t do their jobs.

Adel sought treatment last year for an eating disorder and alcohol abuse.

Her sobriety and reasons for missing work since leaving rehab have been questioned in a series of Arizona Republic articles this month. The reports quote members of the Board of Supervisors, former County Attorney Rick Romley and defense lawyers in death penalty cases.

This is the latest in the ongoing controversy surrounding Adel, including allegations that she’s absent from the job and, at times, under the influence of alcohol on the job.

Five division chiefs within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office also signed a letter to Adel saying she should resign.

Adel’s reply says she answers to voters and has done nothing unethical. The letter denies Adel practiced law while drinking and that a relapse played a role in her missing work.

Hank Stephenson of Arizona Agenda joined That Show to talk about this latest letter and what it mean.

Hear Hank Stephenson with host Mark Brodie on The Show


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Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.