The Pima County Republican Central Committee passed the following resolution by a vote of 10-2 at the emergency meeting held the evening of June 30, 2011
Whereas, the Pima County Republican Central Committee (County Committee) is governed by the laws of the State of Arizona and by the Continuing Bylaws of the Pima County Republican Central Committee (Bylaws) and
Whereas, Article V Section 2 of Bylaws provides, in part, that “[T]he Executive Committee shall have the authority and responsibility for the official policy of the County Committee,” and
Whereas, Brian Miller, the current Chair of the County Committee, speaking as the Chair of the County Committee, has made numerous public statements and comments indicating a distrust of Pima County and Tucson law enforcement agencies, which creates a public impression that these statements and comments reflect the policy of the County Committee, and
Whereas the misimpression created by Brian Miller, the current Chair of the County Committee, is not the policy of the County Committee and is in no manner adopted by the Executive Committee and
Whereas, after being asked by the Executive Committee to make a public retraction of his statements and comments that bring dishonor and ill repute to the County Committee, Brian Miller, the current Chair of the County Committee has failed to do so in a meaningful manner, and
Whereas, Article VII Section 1 of Bylaws provides, in part, that “[T]he Executive Committee shall have the power and authority to disburse all County Committee funds. All persons designated to disburse such funds shall be bonded by the Executive Committee,” and
Whereas, Brian Miller, the current Chair of the County Committee has willfully violated the Bylaws by expending large amounts of County Committee funds without the authorization of the Executive Committee and further by entering into long-term financial obligations for which the County Committee is financially liable and doing so without authorization or bonding by the Executive Committee, and
Whereas it is the fiduciary responsibility of the Executive Committee to strictly enforce the Bylaws which govern expenditure of funds in order to protect the continued viability and accomplish the objectives of the County Committee,
Therefore, it is hereby resolved by the Executive Committee, that
1. Article V Section 2 of the Bylaws remains in full effect and Brian Miller, the current Chair of the County Committee, is directed to cease and desist making any public statement or comment, as Chair of the County Committee, unless prior authorization to act as the official spokesman for the County Committee for a specific issue or item has been expressly granted by the Executive Committee, and
2. Article VII Section 1 of the Bylaws remains in full effect and in order to exercise the fiduciary responsibility of the Executive Committee under that section, Brian Miller, the current Chair of the County Committee, is directed to immediately take the following actions:
a. Return any and all County Committee banking account checks and credit cards to the County Committee Treasurer,
b. Cease and desist, while acting as agent or representative of the County Committee or Executive Committee, from entering into any contracts, agreements or financial obligations that create any amount of financial liability for the County Committee,
c. Return all keys to the County Committee headquarters offices.
d. Return medallions and all other property and documents to the County Committee headquarters offices.
Miller had apparently been criticized for his statement about the Pima County Sheriff’s Dept. and its handing of the shooting/killing of Marine Jose Guerena. Here’s his email statement in quotes below dated June 3, 2011:
Protecting the Innocent
In light of the enormous response, both supportive and critical, to my recent email regarding the SWAT shooting of Jose Guerena, I would like to clarify my position and statements in the media.
First, let me be very clear, I am not questioning the officers and members of the Pima County SWAT team for their handling of this incident. Their job is to follow established policies, protocols and guidelines they have been given. My concern is with the policies themselves, and whether or not there are better ways for law enforcement, not only here in Pima County but throughout the United States, to conduct themselves so as to minimize risk to the officers, suspects and innocent civilians who may be caught up in police actions.
In no way do I consider asking these questions to be inappropriate. It is the fundamental foundation of our country that every citizen has the right to question the policies and conduct of our government and law enforcement agencies. Strong civilian oversight is essential to maintaining citizens’ trust in our police departments—and therefore to the ability of those agencies to conduct law enforcement activities both peacefully and successfully.
This discussion has been a long time in coming and, frankly, I feel is essential to protecting the lives and liberties of our citizens and police officers alike.
Second, I do need to apologize to our local law enforcement community for my unfortunate choice of the word “murder” referring to the shooting death of Jose Guerena on a local talk show. It was never my intention to besmirch those officers, and it is my understanding that they were, indeed, following the procedures they were given.
I know that some of you reading this will disagree with me completely, and I understand your position. Jose Guerena may well have been involved in criminal activities. But his infant son was not. His neighbors, who had multiple bullets transit their home, were not. If we do not consider, carefully and in the light of day, the policies that led to this shooting, then more of our officers may be put in a position where they will assume a burden that no person should have to bear: taking the life of an innocent by mistake.
Brian Miller, Chairman
Miller ran for CD 8 U.S. House in the August 24, 2010 Republican primary and received 7.17% of the vote (though he had withdrawn on August 11 endorsing Jonathan Paton, who went on to lose to Jesse Kelly in that primary race). Miller was later elected on December 11 to be Chair of the Pima County Republican Party (click here for earlier blog).
For more information contact Pima County GOP at 520-321-1492, or log onto www.pimagop.org.