Roberto A. Reveles, born in Miami, Arizona, graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Retired after 30 years in public policy and community relations in both the public and private sectors.
Served on staff of 5 congressmen in Washington, D.C. for total of 24 years, including Arizona congressmen Stewart L. Udall and Morris Udall; and retired as staff director for the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee under Chairman Morris Udall.
In second career, held position as Vice President for Government Affairs of a major gold mining company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Since retirement, Reveles resides in Gold Canyon. He is active in community affairs in the Phoenix metropolitan area and in his hometown of Miami where he co-founded and served as president of the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum. Previously served on the board of directors of the Arizona Latin@ Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC). He is a past officer and current member of ADOBE (Association for the Development of a Better Environment) in Gold Canyon. He volunteers with Humane Borders maintaining water stations in the desert. He was founding president of Somos America/We Are America, the coalition that organized the largest gathering in Arizona’s history, the Phoenix march in April 2006 which attracted over 200,000 participants in support of the immigrant community. He is the immediate past president currently serving on the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.
Reveles enjoys middle distance running and spending time in his art studio where he does figurative and portraiture sculpting.
He completed a 4-year enlistment in the Air Force during the Korean War. He is the father of 5 and has 11 grandchildren.
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County Manager Fritz Behring deserves congratulations on his selection as Scottsdale City Manager. However, his success is Pinal County’s challenge.Mr. Behring’s service is widely and deservedly viewed as setting a high standard of professionalism and non-partisan administration. His wise management and fiscal responsibility has kept Pinal County government functioning effectively despite serious budgetary challenges brought on by a national economic downturn and negative publicity for the county caused by imprudent and self-serving antics of Sheriff Paul Babeu, along with various investigations of questionable misuse of public resources for political gain, one of which is still not completed by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
The corruptive politicization of our county’s legal system was in full and ugly display this past week, as the public learned no charges are being pursued against a Sheriff’s Deputy who recklessly drove at 97 mph into the side of a Gold Canyon area resident’s truck, killing the driver who was turning into his subdivision from U.S. 60.Displaying total subservience to the county’s virtual Republican boss, and ignoring the Department of Public Safety’s recommendation that manslaughter charges be pursued, County Attorney Lando Voyles, leaves no doubt that political loyalty trumps justice.
Last week our nation celebrated Sunshine Week as part of an effort to educate the public about the importance of open government and the inherent dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy. It’s a project initiated some 8 years ago by the American Society of News Editors.
A few days ago we witnessed a long overdue effort on the U.S. Senate floor seeking to pierce the veil of secrecy on government policies jeopardizing civil liberties, including targeting the killing of U.S. citizens in the name of fighting terrorism.
During taxpaying season and county budget preparation time, taxpayers are understandably concerned about possible misuse of public resources. Especially when those resources are misused in pursuit of obvious political objectives.This county taxpayer, as I suspect others more discreet about sharing their views, is not surprised that our County Sheriff, no longer content with politicizing law enforcement, now ventures into politicizing basic county governance.
I appear at the Board of Supervisors meetings as an interested resident of Pinal County. Since there are new members on the board, I want to underscore that I speak only on behalf of myself and not on behalf of any of the many organizations with which I am associated.I’m proud of all my associations and make no apologies for being an active member in the civic life of our community.
Sheriff Paul Babeu’s desperate Adam4Adam rehabilitation tour continues to drive the embodiment of ethical conduct into previously unreached heights of self-delusion.
County payroll deduction to the Arizona Public Safety Foundation represents a set-up for abuse of public resources in promotion of a private organization.Two years ago an identical proposal came before the Board of Supervisors and was justifiably rejected. At that time its name was Pinal County Justice Foundation.
The transformation of Paul Babeu from politician to policeman reveals flaws neither inherent in politicians nor police, but reflect character of the person. Let’s review the record.
The recent tragic deaths of genuine border heroes, Larry Dever and Nicholas Ivie, temporarily pushed investigation news of Sheriff Paul Babeu from front pages, microphones and television cameras.