Maricopa County Constable resigns after Republic investigation

Doug Clark, the constable for the Agua Fria Justice Precinct who was additionally on the middle of an Arizona Republic investigation, is resigning this weekend, citing medical causes, in keeping with preliminary reporting executed by

Clark submitted his resignation letter this week to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and can depart his position on Saturday, AZFamily reported.

Clark is beneath a number of investigations for his involvement in a capturing that occurred in July this year, when he admitted to getting into into an evicted tenant’s dwelling together with his deputy constable, Steve Perkins, once they shouldn’t have. A gunfight prevailed, and the tenant, 32-year-old Marcus Mungeam, later died by gunshot wounds to the top and neck, however neither Clark nor Perkins admitted to capturing him. 

A month later, Clark pulled his gun on one other tenant being evicted who was attempting to safe his canine from escaping or attacking the constable. The individual filed a criticism in opposition to Clark, who then provided money to the tenant to place him up. 

Both incidents have been delivered to mild by the Arizona Republic’s investigation into Clark’s prolonged historical past of posing as a police officer, utilizing pressure in opposition to tenants, and illegally accessing felony databases to be able to get grime on his political rivals {and professional} critics. 

His misuse of public technology and gear, together with a prolonged rap sheet of disciplines resulted within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office firing Clark simply after he was elected to be a constable to the downtown precinct. 

More on Clark:Deadly Arizona capturing involving constable exhibits system’s flaws, Republic investigation exhibits

When the ethics board that oversees constables discovered that Clark had improperly used county items for personal use, they urged for him to resign in 2018. He didn’t, and finally lost his race that midterm major, however was profitable in turning into a write-in candidate within the Agua Fria Justice Precinct later that very same year. 

This previous November, he gained the seat, once more. 

The board will probably be answerable for appointing a brand new constable to go the Agua Fria Justice Precinct, although it’s unclear as to when that can occur. 

This is a creating story. We will replace this web page as we study extra. 

Joseph Darius Jaafari is an investigative reporter who covers felony justice points. He might be reached by way of e mail, on his Twitter @JosephJaafari or by cell at 480-356-8873. 

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