Former Florence Town Manager Himanshu Patel Doesn't Make the Cut in Cave Creek
James Palenick, one of the three finalists, was selected as an alternative -- in case a deal with Jankowski falls through.
While former Florence Town Manager Himanshu Patel, also one of the three finalists, received a nomination as an alternative, he failed to get enough votes.
When Patel was manager of Florence, he fired two of the town's detectives -- Walt "Hondo" Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson -- at the behest of Police Chief Dan Hughes.
As we noted in our last blog post, although Patel claimed in town documents that he carefully reviewed the allegations against the officers, as well as their response to allegations against them, he told a different story under oath when the pair appealed their firing.
The two former detectives and town officials are central characters in Florence Exposed, a New Times' three-part investigative series.