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Allegations involving Tempe City Councilmember to be investigated

Post Date:01/22/2018 3:32 PM

Nikki Ripley

City of Tempe




Tempe, AZ – At the request of the Tempe Police Department, the Phoenix Police Department is investigating allegations involving Tempe City Councilmember Kolby Granville that prompted his recent dismissal as a Tempe charter school teacher.

According to a newspaper report published last week, it is alleged that Granville provided alcohol to underage individuals and engaged in sexual activity with an unwilling victim. He has denied these allegations. Due to potential conflict of interest issues and to ensure an unbiased process, Tempe requested that Phoenix investigate the matter. Any questions about the investigation should be directed to Phoenix Police – Tempe will not be updated about the investigation or speak to it until it is concluded.

According to the Tempe City Charter, a Councilmember forfeits office following a criminal conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude. For more information on that process, visit www.tempe.gov/clerk and click on “City Code and City Charter” in the left navigation.

Once the criminal investigation is concluded, Tempe will use the facts determined in deciding how to proceed with a separate City Council Code of Conduct investigation. A City Council-approved process initiated in 2009 and updated in 2017 provides a structure for holding Councilmembers accountable for behavior that brings discredit to the city. Rather than separately investigating the allegations for a Code of Conduct complaint, Tempe will review the report generated by Phoenix’s criminal investigation as the basis to proceed with any internal investigation. The maximum penalty in a Code of Conduct complaint is censure of the Councilmember involved. For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/elected and click on “City Council Code of Conduct” in the left navigation.

No further statements will be made by the City of Tempe at this time, so that the Phoenix investigation can proceed without distraction or influence.

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