Paradise Valley officials: where are you?

For five months the residents in our small town have been unaware of the fact that the 20-year-old daughter of the then-vice mayor was the driver in a fatal accident that resulted in the death of town resident Howard Brown.

The young woman was on probation at the time and had a DUI device in her car.
She was allowed to leave the scene of the accident with her father but without blood & urine samples & without giving a statement.

Two days after the tragic event on Nov 17, 2015 a Paradise Valley police bulletin acknowledged the accident and identified the deceased, but not the driver.

The Arizona Republic published the limited information that was available. Then there was silence for about five months until a lawyer for the Brown Family announced a claim against the Town of Paradise Valley.

The silence was broken.

All the sordid details were finally brought to light. Hopefully the Brown Family will now get peace and closure knowing that justice will be pursued.

But where does the Town of Paradise Valley go from here?

How can residents trust employed & elected officials:

  • the police chief;
  • the town manager;
  • the town Council; and
  • the mayor?

It is hard for me to accept the fact that highly ranked officials in a town this small were unaware of what happened. A resident’s life had been lost. Was there was no curiosity, no questions, no investigation about the driver of the vehicle?

If there was, why was it a secret?

Once the claim has been settled town residents and voters should demand that Mayor Collins reveal the findings that led to this painful episode as well as the steps he and the council members will take to restore trust & confidence in our elected and employed officials.

Editor’s note: Ms. Hess is a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley

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