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Council votes to investigate Yuma mayor

In this Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 photo, Yuma City Council members Leslie McClendon, left, and Cody Beeson, right, listen as Yuma Mayor Alan Krieger speaks during a special session to discuss mayoral malfeasance at the Yuma City Hall in Yuma, Ariz. The Yuma City Council has voted unanimously to reconsider opening an investigation into allegations of misconduct against Mayor Al Krieger. The council vote means the item will now be placed on the city council agenda for discussion and possible action at its Feb. 1 meeting. (AP Photo/The Yuma Daily Sun, Josh Peckler)

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The Yuma City Council has voted to move ahead with an investigation of the mayor and retain an outside law firm to advise the council how to proceed.

During Wednesday night’s council session, Mayor Al Krieger excused himself from the proceedings and took a seat in the audience with his family.

The Yuma Sun reports the vote was 4-2 to investigate Krieger. Councilwomen Bobbi Brooks and Leslie McClendon voted no. They felt the matter should have gone first to the Arizona attorney general.

There are 17 allegations leveled against Krieger including discussing executive session details in violation of opening meeting laws and harassing a city employee.

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