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Maricopa County to pay settlement to supervisor

Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek (Photo from www.maricopa.gov/bos/)

Maricopa County has agreed to pay the Board of Supervisors’ chairman about $123,000 in attorneys’ fees and defense costs to settle a claim against the county.

The Arizona Republic says the payment will come from the county’s self-insured risk trust.

Andy Kunasek’s claim stemmed from failed investigations into administrators and judges by county Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas between 2008 and 2010.

Kunasek says he waited to file his notice of claim because he anticipated being a witness in potential criminal prosecutions of various other county officials.

A notice of claim is a precursor to a lawsuit.

Federal prosecutors announced last September that they had closed their four-year criminal investigation and grand-jury probe without filing charges.

Kunasek was re-elected as the supervisor’s chairman in November.

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