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Oro Valley municipal councilor censored for bad behavior

An Oro Valley city councilman will attend two upcoming council meetings virtually instead of in person as part of a censure of his colleagues for bad behavior in public.

Timothy Bohen, elected in November 2020, was unanimously blamed by the city’s mayor and five other council members for his “behavior toward residents, staff and council members.” They cited four specific occasions: January 1, 2019; June 1, 2022; as well as December 18, 2023; and December 19, 2023, according to the council meeting agenda.

Bohen left the Feb. 7 meeting before the executive session in which the board was expected to discuss the possible disciplinary action, as well as the ensuing board vote. He did not respond to the star’s requests for comment.

Bohen is scheduled to participate remotely in the next two council meetings, Friday and Feb. 21.

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Additionally, Bohen’s access to city buildings is “limited to public spaces.” He would need a police escort to enter any “non-public space,” according to Jeffrey Hidalgo, a city spokesperson.

What particularly prompted this action from the mayor and council were the incidents at Pusch Ridge Golf Course on December 18 and 19 of last year, during which Bohen allegedly insulted both staff municipal and the employees of the company that manages the land. golf field.

Bohen was “combative” and “verbally aggressive” during a tour of the course site. He allegedly attempted to “grill” course and city staff over accusations of stealing money and inflating course sales, calling course staff “crooks,” according to incident reports submitted by course staff.

Council member Steve Solomon, who asked for the item to be deliberated last week, got into an altercation with Bohen that led to legal action.

Solomon said he feared for his safety and felt physically threatened during an altercation with Bohen at the end of a June 1 council meeting, according to a hearing order filed June 8, 2022.

Solomon said Bohen insulted him as he walked past his seat in a narrow aisle.

“(Bohen) then jumped out of his seat lunging at me with his hand outstretched and his finger pointing at me and he started pushing me with his finger while continuing to yell at me angrily,” Solomon said.

The altercation calmed down after an Oro Valley police officer separated the two.

Solomon then filed a report with the Marana police. Bohen was ordered to have no contact with Salomon except through attorneys, court proceedings and court hearings. He was also ordered “not to be in or near” the council member’s residence because Solomon said Bohen “has a history of violent threats” against former colleagues and managers.

Although it occurred before Bohen gained a seat on the council, the 2019 incident was included among those that prompted the censure. In it, an Oro Valley police officer said he conducted a welfare check on a manager of a company Bohen worked for at the time, which stemmed from an argument between the two men at subject of a product intended for a customer, the report said. This was part of the board’s decision, primarily due to the fact that it was included in a 2022 court filing relating to the June 1 incident of that year.

“During the argument, (Bohen) claimed that if he were to be fired, he would kill (his manager),” the report states. The officer added in the report that Bohen should be fired following an internal investigation by the company.

Bohen’s term on the council ends next November.

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