It’s unfortunate that political agendas, driven by a zealously guarded police department, result in allegations that are severely distorted. As voters, we are entitled to unemotional statement of facts. Mayor Hiremath’s attacks on Councilman Zinkin are one-sided, and devoid of an unbiased assessment of factual information. These realities include the fact that the OVPD, while consuming approximately half of the entire town budget, escaped with zero budget cuts while other town departments experienced reductions. 

These allegations ignore the fact that the OVPD union has refused to work with some members of the Town Council (entrusted to managerial oversight of OVPD) in a collaborative manner.

It’s questionable on its face that a sitting mayor would even take public sides on a council member recall question. It smacks of trying to remove a person who doesn’t agree, and more heinously doesn’t tout the entire OVPD party line.

Mr. Zinkin is not sleeping in the same bed with OVPD cronies who don’t want their comfortable bed rocked, and is now forced to contend with these trumped up, exaggerated claims of nefarious behavior. We should be embarrassed as citizens of this town.

Perhaps Mr. Hiremath’s effectiveness as a true leader should be more closely scrutinized?

Enough of the fox guarding the OVPD henhouse please.


Paul Emmert,

Oro Valley

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