Tyrannical Arizona City Council Declares State of Emergency

On July 8, 2011, I did a post, “A Town in Arizona Run by Wolves,” about the tyrannical city government of Quartzsite (pop. 3,397). At a recent town-hall meeting, council members and the police chief forcibly removed and thereby silenced a non-violent citizen, Jennifer Jones, during the open-to-the-public portion of the meeting. They did so against pleadings from the mayor, Ed Foster.


Foster, a former Marine and retired engineer, says the town council and police department are filled with corruption, citizens are intimidated by the town manager and tax collector, and that the city council has prevented him from examining the payroll to uncover possible financial wrongdoing.

After the townhall meeting made the national news, instead of reforming their ways, Quartzsite’s corrupt city council is redoubling their tyrannical ways by declaring a State of Emergency!

Amanda Lee Myers of the Associated Press reports, July 11, 2011, that the council’s declaration puts Police Chief Jeff Gilbert in charge, which renders Mayor Ed Foster the “deputy chief executive of nothing.” The peremptory declaration also allows the five-member council to meet without public notice and suspend all public comment at the meetings until they declare the state of emergency over.

Quartzsite police chief Jeff Gilbert

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, the state police, is currently investigating Jeff Gilbert. Ten officers in Gilbert’s dept (that’s 80% of the force), “the Quartzite 10” as they are called in town, have come forward with numerous charges of criminal activity by the police chief, including Gilbert illegally using the federal NCIC criminal database to harass hundreds of local citizens. [Source]

Ironically, the “Vision Statement” of Quartzsite’s city government says “We, the Mayor and Common Council, strive to make our community the best possible place to live. Furthermore, we encourage our citizens to develop strong ethical, social, cultural, and business relationships to enhance living in our community.”

The website of the Quartzsite city government boasts that the town has “over two million visitors a year!” Let’s tell the city we will boycott Quartzsite because of its tyrannical government. Here’s contact information to express your outrage:

And here’s contact info to voice your support:

  • Jennifer “Jade” Jones, Publisher, The DESERT FREEDOM PRESS: Phone (928) 575-6594; Email: thedesertfreedompress@yahoo.com
  • Mayor Ed Foster: (928) 750-8113
  • Michael Roth, La Paz County Republican Precinct Chairman: (602) 791-5401 or (928)927-8888

H/t beloved fellow Anon.


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8 years ago

sent this post to Jan Brewer hopefully she has recouped he spine. This is pure and simple Bullsh#!. Need to think a little more here as this is maddening.

8 years ago

Wow, that’s bizarre. I don’t know about Arizona, but in some states the state government can cancel a city’s charter and the city government simply ceases to exist. It’s an extreme measure, but since the police chief has essentially staged a coup it maybe one option to consider. If the charter is cancelled and the corrupt officials are dealt with perhaps the city could reorganize and apply for or submit a new charter to the state.

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie

They post the Town Council Agendas online.

The June 28th Agenda included, “possible censure of the mayor” ?!

Here’s the one from “The Special Meeting of the Town Council” last Thursday, July 7th

8 years ago

Tyrrany..I hope The Great One catches on to this.

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie

OMG! This is like a weird reality tv show. In the previous June 14th meeting, the Chief of Police had a run-in with his wife! There are tons of videos of all the shenanigans on Youtube.

8 years ago

Hmmmm, I guess we’re not as free as we thought. Can a town really declare a state of emergency? and for bogus reasons, is there not some sort of state control here, otherwise you’d have every dip shit town with a population of 10 declaring all kinds of things, like wars, states of emergencies etc..In any case this is just another mile down the road of no return we are headed. Once USA defaults on its financial obligations, or the world currency standard is finally changed, we will see large scale unrest and lots of “declarations” from our government. Smart… Read more »