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Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. ... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Christy: The more things change in Pima County government

"Jan Lesher's tenure as Pima County administrator is off to a rocky start, marked by an inability to step out of Chuck Huckelberry's shadow to chart her own course, and clouded by the suspicion of her being a willing participant in keeping public information hidden."... Read more»

Pima Supes OK Lesher's contract; Huckelberry getting $1.1 million in 'excess' pension

Jan Lesher, the new Pima County administrator, will be paid $260,000 per year, significantly less than her predecessor, Chuck Huckelberry — who is being paid out $1.1 million more in retirement than documents revealed previously.... Read more»

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Pima County Supes to discuss how Huckelberry's 'double dip' happened on their watch

Pima County Supervisors Matt Heinz and Steve Christy — hardly a buddy movie in the making — both have questions about how the county's former top executive was able to retire with no one knowing.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Do diligence: Huckelberry's stealth retirement a product of incurious Pima County supes

Chuck Huckelberry's secret retirement is more a function of a Pima County board not asking enough questions about their top dog's contract than a plan for that wily old dog to deceive — or at least receive. ... Read more»

Lesher appointed Pima County admin after Supes accept Huckelberry resignation

Jan Lesher, for years the second-in-command of Pima County bureaucracy and for months the acting administrator, was appointed as the replacement for Chuck Huckelberry on Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors voted to negotiate a contract with her.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Huckelberry's two scoops of a double dip — pension scandal or business as usual?

Pima County's top administrator is poised to nearly double his income after taking a small cut to his salary. It's called a pension "double dip" and Chuck Huckelberry just set himself up for one. It's a scandal, right? Yes, it is. And no, it's not. ... Read more»

Exclusive

Huckelberry retired 9 mos. ago, withheld info from Pima County supervisors

Although it was announced last week that Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry would leave his post in the wake of a devastating bike crash, records revealed by the Tucson Sentinel show the longtime local government honcho actually retired on July 4, 2021, and began receiving his pension.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The age of Chuck Huckelberry comes to a close

Chuck Huckelberry's tenure as the administrator atop Pima County will end Tuesday. Gone are the days when "You didn't need a whole process. You just needed Chuck."... Read more»

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Pima County to vote on new boss, Tucson considers homeless plan

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is retiring six months after a nasty bike accident. As one era ends, supervisors are set to consider making Jan Lesher a permanent replacement.... Read more»

Huckelberry retiring after 29 years as Pima County administrator

After three decades as the most powerful political player in Southern Arizona, Chuck Huckelberry — still recovering from a vehicle crashing into his bicycle last fall — is hanging up his Dictaphone and retiring as Pima County's top administrator. ... Read more»

TucsonSentinel.com's best photos of 2021

Some of the best photos published by the Tucson Sentinel in 2021. ... Read more»

100+ Pima County gov't workers could be fired for not getting COVID shots by Dec. 31

Up to 200 Pima County employees could be terminated because they have refused to get their vaccinations against COVID-19, flouting a policy for those who work with vulnerable people. But 87% have complied, and more could turn in evidence they've gotten their shots.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Talking back at the 'Year of the Shrug,' from Tucson to D.C.

Apathy began to reign in 2021 but I'm taking one last whack at the year because I have... stuff... to say about Tucson and Arizona.... Read more»

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Pima Supes take up tax scheme, indoor COVID masks; Council looks at housing costs

A stealth tax hike, an affordable housing plan and a "land declaration" that'll irritate the "U.S.A!" crowd are a part of a schmorgasbord of agenda items before the Tucson City Council and Pima County supervisors this week.... Read more»

Lesher named acting Pima County administrator with Huckelberry still out after crash

Longtime Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is still recovering from an October crash, and the Board of Supervisors formalized choosing Jan Lesher to act in his stead, with a unanimous vote to appoint her as the acting county administrator despite a clash between two supervisors.... Read more»1

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