Amanda Stanford, Pinal County Superior Court clerk, denies the allegation of an extramarital affair with a court bailiff made by him and his wife.
Phoenix New Times hasn't yet heard back directly from Stanford, but she made several statements about the matter on her official Clerk Facebook site.
We'd tried to contact her directly over the last couple of days, leaving several messages, following statements by the couple that the elected official was tied to an alleged domestic-violence incident on March 11 inside the court building.
Married with three children, the political newcomer was elected in November to the post, beating her former boss, Chad Roche. The agency is responsible for maintaining Pinal County court records, processing marriage licenses, and performing other important functions.
As we reported on Friday, Heather Ojeda, a facilities-maintenance painter for the county, is the suspect in an alleged biting incident with her husband, Ramon Ojeda. A Florence police report states that, based on police interviews with both husband and wife, that Heather bit her husband in the shoulder while he tried to retrieve his phone, which she had grabbed from him. After calling Heather Ojeda in to the Florence police station, cops cited her on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and assault and forwarded the case to the Florence Town Prosecutor's Office for possible charging.
Following our article about the Ojeda's squabble, Heather Ojeda and her husband called New Times and claimed Stanford had a role in the incident: Ojeda said she had suspected her husband was on the phone with another woman, and that he later confessed he'd been having an affair with Stanford for more than two months. Then Ramon Ojeda got on the phone and backed his wife up, saying further that his wife hadn't meant to bite him. A police report says the bite drew blood and left tooth marks. You can read more details in our previous two posts about the Ojedas' workplace tiff.
Stanford posted something on Facebook about noon, but we just saw it. Here's what she said:
This follows Stanford's post inviting readers to enjoy some nice shots from Arizona Highways Magazine, which she published at 3:17 p.m. on Friday -- more than five hours we published our article about her.
Her statement leaves a few questions unanswered, such as why her phone number appears to show up frequently on Ramon Ojeda's phone records; his wife texted us a few pages.
UPDATE: We decided to add one of the photos sent to us by Heather Ojeda of what she says is a page from her husband's phone bill. The number (520) 509-5697, Stanford's number, appears several times on the bill, often related to a fairly lengthy call.
UPDATE March 30: Pinal County says Stanford's mobile phone wasn't issued, and isn't paid for, by the county.
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