Outraged citizens of Quartzsite, Ariz., turned out in force at yesterday’s town-council meeting to urge their five councilmembers to immediately resign.
An overflow crowd showed up after WND reported on allegations of heavy-handed police tactics and possible financial wrongdoing that led to a state of emergency being declared by the council in a Sunday meeting the mayor termed illegal and would not take part in.
A large sign reading, “Go. Quit. Resign,” could be seen
at the entrance to town hall yesterday, as angry residents often tried to shout down members of the council.
Mayor Ed Foster, who is at war with his own council and Police Chief Jeff Gilbert whom he has called corrupt and “a Nazi,” walked out of yesterday’s meeting, claiming it, too, was an illegal gathering based on several technical points, including inadequate seating, a change in time of the event, and the fact the new time was set during Sunday’s emergency session.
“If there was an illegal meeting Sunday, any business conducted in that business is therefore illegal, null and void,” Foster said.
At various points during yesterday’s discussion, members of the public yelled at the council in interruptive fashion, to which Town Manager Alex Taft stated, “Excuse me, we need to conduct the business of the town. Please let us do so.”
“You’re not doing that lady!” a man replied from the crowd.
“Your job performance is disgraceful,” voiced someone else at the meeting’s conclusion.
The town council has been the focus of national attention ever since WND first publicized the forced removal by police of a woman addressing local lawmakers at their June 28 meeting.
The woman, 45-year-old Jennifer Jones who publishes the Desert Freedom Press, said of the council, “I liken them to monkeys in the zoo. They make a lot of
noise and throw a lot of feces around, but at the end of the day
they’re just primates and don’t deserve to be writing checks for [a
town of] about 3,800 people. They don’t deserve to be managing money.
They don’t act like they’re at the top of the food chain. It’s
Mayor Ed Foster of Quartzsite, Ariz., says his town is filled with massive corruption among government officials.
Mayor Foster, a retired Marine and former engineer for Wrigley
Chewing Gum, says the town council
and police department are filled with corruption.
“He’s just an insane person, that chief of police,” the mayor
said of Gilbert. “He’s a Nazi … he’s completely out of control. He
thinks he’s running the town.”
Mayor Foster said it’s not just the police chief, but also the
town manager and tax collector who are creating a terrifying
“People in town are scared to death of them,” he said. “It’s
just a clear pattern of harassment and intimidation by this government.
These people have run this town like they owned it. It’s got to be
fixed and I’m not going to quit until I see them in jail.”
The mayor says the council has even precluded him from
examining the payroll. He believes he’s uncovered some possible
financial malice involving checks being paid to unknown personnel,
and he speculates the recipients could be councilmembers themselves, adding up to millions of dollars.
“They’re playing a sleight-of-hand with federal money,” Foster
said. “I’ve tried to get the FBI, the governor and attorney general
involved, and no one has paid attention. But since this video, people
are asking, ‘What’s going on in Quartzsite?’”
Foster now has a Facebook page set up by supporters in his battle against the Quartzsite Town Council.