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Tucson police set to arbitrate wages with city; firefighters getting 3% bump

Tucson police are sending the issue of a pay hike to arbitration with the city, while local firefighters are set to get a 3 percent raise after August, as the City Council pushed back on officers demands for a greater increase in salaries.... Read more»

The Tucson Agenda

Marana mulls ballot question on lifting budget ceiling, Tucson police not happy with pay

Marana may have outgrown its constitutional spending limit as it is no longer just some scattered houses in the desert, while Tucson police argue their salaries are no longer competitive. Voters and arbitrators will have the final say.... Read more»

Gov. Ducey demands Tucson rescind COVID shot mandate for gov't employees

Gov. Ducey demanded that Tucson roll back a new policy requiring city employees to get vaccinated or face losing their jobs. The Republican argued that the city's new policy violates state law, which requires the city to grant accommodation requests. Mayor Romero said he is "playing politics" to "deflect from his utter failure" on COVID-19. ... Read more»

TPD Chief Magnus gets Biden nod to head U.S. Customs and Border Protection

President Joe Biden is nominating the head of Tucson's Police Department, Chris Magnus, to head the parent agency of the U.S. Border Patrol. Magnus was an outspoken critic of Trump administration border policies.... Read more»

Outside autopsy finds Ingram-Lopez died of 'suffocation' while detained by Tucson police

An autopsy done on the behalf of the family of Carlos Ingram-Lopez said he died from "suffocation" when he was pinned down by three Tucson police officers during an incident in April, challenging the conclusions of the government investigation. ... Read more»

Ingram-Lopez family wants Magnus to stay, city manager rejects TPD chief's resignation

Police Chief Chris Magnus should not resign, said the family of Carlos Ingram-Lopez, who died while being restrained by police in April. Tucson's city manager turned down the offer, made as controversy swirls after the revelation of the death.... Read more»2

Details revealed about Ingram-Lopez death in police custody; TPD chief offers to resign

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus offered his resignation Wednesday at a news conference in which details were finally released about the April death of 27-year-old Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez while being restrained by police.... Read more»

27-year-old man who died during April TPD call is identified

While officials have not publicly identified the man who died during an April emergency response by Tucson police, sources indicated he was 27-year-old Carlos Adrian Ingram Lopez.... Read more»

Man died during April TPD call; Cops pushed out, face possible criminal charges

With three Tucson police officers facing possible criminal charges after an investigation into an April emergency call that resulted in a man's death, a City Council meeting in which the police union contract was to be renewed was called off.... Read more»

TPOA wins Tucson police union election

The Tucson Police Officers Association has fended off an organizing challenge from another police union, the Fraternal Order of Police. TPOA received 58 percent of the vote in balloting among officers, detectives and sergeants this week.... Read more»

Council OKs Magnus as new TPD chief

Chris Magnus, the police chief of Richmond, Calif., has been appointed as the new head of the Tucson Police Department. The City Council unanimously approved City Manager Michael Ortega's pick Tuesday night.... Read more»2

Magnus tapped to be new TPD chief

Chris Magnus, the police chief of Richmond, Calif., has been selected by City Manager Mike Ortega to be the new head of the Tucson Police Department. Malik Aziz, a deputy chief in Dallas who was the pick of many TPD union leaders, withdrew his name from consideration.... Read more»

Committee, cops union split on pick for TPD chief

A citizens panel that interviewed the three finalists to become the next Tucson police chief made a clear choice Thursday, but expressed reservations about the lack of local candidates. The police union, meanwhile, was lukewarm at best about all three potential top cops, with the least support evident for the committee's first choice. ... Read more»3

Cops union: Bolger apology not enough

Saying that a statement by Ward 2 Chief of Staff Katie Bolger isn't enough, the president of Tucson's police union again called Wednesday for the aide to City Councilman Paul Cunningham to step down. "Ms. Bolger repeatedly attempted to use her position to garner special treatment," TPD Officer Bill Bonanno said.... Read more»

St. Patrick's parade, festival will honor founders

The annual St. Patrick’s Day festival and parade will honor its creators this year. It’s a fitting theme following the death last week of one of the founders, Mike Haggerty, who was to have been the event's grand marshal.... Read more»

Tucson City Council

City Council won't consider changing overtime pay rules

The City Council voted 6-0 Wednesday to drop further consideration of new overtime rules that would require 40 hours of on the job work before an employee could earn overtime pay.... Read more»