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Pima County Constable Bill Lake makes his case for the need for deputy constables in front of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors had no qualified applicants to become constable of Justice Precinct 1 on Tuesday, but decided to put off hiring deputy constables to help with the office's workload. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors decided to buy Tasers, body-worn cameras and bulletproof vests for the Constables Office and appointed a new constable at their meeting Tuesday. Read more»

Constable Bill Lake at the scene of the August shooting death of Constable Deborah Martinez.

A handful of Pima County constables are left after the Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of John Doer on Tuesday and Michael Stevenson last month. The lack of constables is creating workload and safety challenges, insiders say. Read more»

Arizona cities are barred by state law from implementing local rent control ordinances.

Advocates are urging Arizona legislators to promote policies that help eradicate homelessness, use housing policies to lift up marginalized groups and to invest in the housing supply, as well as rent, utility and eviction-relief assistance. Read more»

Pima County's work to provide legal and financial help to people facing eviction during the pandemic was recognized with a 2022 Award of Excellence from the National Association for County Community and Economic Development. Read more»

A guard of honor prepares to transport the body of slain Constable Deborah Martinez from the scene on Thursday evening.

Federal agents arrested a Tucson man after they linked him to the purchase of a gun part used in the AR-15 rifle used to ambush and kill Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez and two others at a North Side apartment complex last month. Read more»

Pallbearers carry the casket containing the body of Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay into St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson.

Friends and family paid their final respects to Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez at her funeral, held a week after she was shot and killed along with three others while serving an eviction. Martinez was given a Catholic mass at St. Augustine Cathedral. Read more»

Constable Deborah Martinez

A public funeral service for Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez will be held Thursday, Sep. 1, at St. Augustine Cathedral. Read more»

A Tucson police officer walks through the parking lot of the Lind Commons apartment complex where four people were shot and killed, including Gavin Lee Stansell, who shot himself after shooting and killing Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez, apartment manager Angela Fox-Heath and neighbor Elijah Miranda.

Gavin Lee Stansell shot and killed three people, including Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez, the apartment manager and a neighbor when he was being served with an eviction notice Thursday, police said, releasing the identities of the other victims. Read more»

A guard of honor prepares to transport the body of slain Constable Deborah Martinez from the scene on Thursday evening.

Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez and three other people were killed as she was serving an eviction order at an apartment on Tucson's North Side on Thursday, officials and her husband confirmed. Read more»

Pima County is now handling rental assistance by itself, after the city of Tucson and nonprofit partners didn't apply for more federal eviction prevention funds. Aid to tenants and landlords from COVID-19 relief programs is expected to run out next year. Read more»

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to end a moratorium on evicting residents from city-owned housing. About 190 tenants owe more than $135,000 in back rent to the city, but much of that shortfall should be covered by rental assistance funds. Read more»

Eviction notices on an apartment window. The Tucson City Council is ready to start evictions in public housing if arrangements with past-due tenants can't be reached.

Tucson city staff will ask for an informal nod to move to start working with 190 families who owe $135,000 in back rent, while local school district budgets are set for adoption after state runs late on its spending plan. Read more»

Pima County’s role in helping people stay in their homes is about to get a lot bigger. The city of Tucson and the Community Investment Corporation – one of the main funding distributors of the joint Eviction Prevention Program – have decided to wind down their involvement as state funding runs out. Read more»

Pima County officials are looking into claims that Constable Deborah Martinez forged signatures on her election nominating petitions and lied about where she was living, saying "there is a reason to believe felony offenses may have occurred." Read more»

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