PHOENIX — As the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office continues to deal with a scandal for overcharging protesters, a high-level supervisor above the cases submitted his letter of resignation this week.
Division chief Vince Goddard, who has worked as a prosecutor in both Maricopa and Pinal counties, wrote his last day will be at the end of the month.
A Maricopa County Attorney's Office division chief has resigned.— Dave Biscobing (@DaveBiscobing15) May 19, 2021
Vince Goddard submitted this letter Monday. MCAO says he was not asked.
Controversial protest cases (including gang charges) were under his chain of command. Sources say he was informed about them ahead of time. pic.twitter.com/XaEUE8ZDIq
“I have enjoyed every single year of my 21 years as a prosecutor. But recently an opportunity has come up that I could not ignore and opens a new chapter in my life. Accordingly, please accept this as my two-week notice. I intend to resign on May 31, 2021 with that day being my last at MCAO,” according to the resignation letter.
As division chief, Goddard oversaw several bureaus, including the First Responders Bureau.
Throughout 2020, Phoenix protest cases were specifically screened to be handled by the First Responders Bureau and prosecutor April Sponsel.
MCAO officials said Goddard was not asked to resign. A spokesperson told ABC15 his reason for leaving is stated in his resignation letter.
Following ABC15’s reports, MCAO ordered an outside investigation and hired a retired judge to review the protest prosecutions.
The office has not released an estimated completion date.
Contact ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing at Dave@abc15.com.