Allister Adel, the embattled Maricopa County Attorney, announced on Monday that she will resign from her elected position at the end of the week.
Adel stated her resignation will take effect at 5 p.m. on March 25 in a statement posted on March 21. Her resignation comes after accusations that the official had been suffering from alcoholism and missing county meetings. The Arizona State Bar and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors both launched inquiries into her behavior.
In her announcement, Adel said, “I am proud of the many accomplishments of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office during my tenure, including policies that pursue justice in a fair and equitable manner, hold violent offenders accountable, defend the rights of crime victims, and keep families safe.”
“I’d want to express my gratitude to the personnel of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. I appreciate and respect the time and effort you put into this office,” she added.
Adel has been under pressure for missing meetings, failing to weigh in on legal challenges, and making a disturbing after-hours phone call while allegedly inebriated, according to an Arizona Republic investigation.
She made headlines before it was disclosed that she had spent time in a rehab center.
The men and women in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office have a tough and important job. They stand on the front lines of law enforcement in our state’s largest county. We stand with them and will continue to support them during this period of transition.
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) March 21, 2022
She admitted to being seeking treatment for anxiety, alcohol addiction, and an anxiety condition in September. After 19 days in recovery, she was released, but several members of Adel’s leadership team were still concerned about her sobriety.
Allister said in February that she was still working on her “journey” in response to the news outlet’s inquiry.
In a statement, she said, “I am not perfect, and I have never claimed to be flawless. I am dedicated to my job and will do everything in my power to ensure that the office is run with professionalism and justice rather than speculation and rumor.”