Arizona Maricopa County Attorney Resigns During Controversy

Less than two weeks after Maricopa County dropped the ball on filing charges in 180 misdemeanor cases, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has resigned. Her resignation is effective as of 5 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2022.

Adel had been resistant to the increasing pressure for her to resign amid personal problems that leaked into her work.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, District 3, said:

“I appreciate Allister Adel’s service to residents as the duly elected county attorney. She brought to the office fresh ideas and important reforms, including an increased focus on diversion in criminal cases. In her direct interactions with the Board of Supervisors, she served us well. I believe Allister’s resignation represents what is best for her, her family, the County’s Attorney Office, and the criminal justice system.”

Colleagues reported her for allegedly showing up to conference calls intoxicated, yet Adel had refused to step down until now.

She announced this past September that she sought treatment for her mental health and alcohol use issues. 

She said on September 10, 2021:

“After a very difficult year for me medically, professionally and personally, I have made the decision to seek treatment for anxiety and to address unhealthy coping behaviors including an eating disorder and alcohol use.”

Adel was also under scrutiny after protesters were falsely arrested on gang charges during the protests in 2020.

Someone will be appointed to the interim spot by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors until the title is officially available during election season.

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