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Conley to remain steadfast

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

The Park City School District’s new superintendent Dr. Ember Conley remains dedicated to her new position in the community despite the recent charges her husband is facing in Pinal County, Arizona. Conley’s first day of work was Monday, July 1.

Maricopa, Arizona, Police Detective Jose Lizarraga, 45, was arrested on Tuesday, July 2, on six counts: fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, willful concealment, forgery, tampering with a public record and money laundering, according to case information provided by the Arizona Judicial Branch. He was released on Wednesday, July 3, on a $10,000 bond.

According to the court records, Lizarraga allegedly stole $1,300 during a joint investigation of a drug smuggling case with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI on April 7. An arraignment hearing for Lizarraga is scheduled for Friday, July 12, at 8:30 a.m. at the Pinal County Superior Court in Florence, Arizona.

Jim Knupp, Public Information Officer for Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said Lizarraga was arrested on a probable cause statement and that the charges are "just allegations" at this point. The investigation of Lizarraga is ongoing.

When asked about how she has been affected by the situation her husband is in, Conley showed restrained emotion but made her commitments clear.

"My job is to take care of my family and to take care of the students in Park City, and that is my focus," Conley said.

Park City Board of Education President Maurice Hickey emphasized that the district is standing by Conley despite her husband’s legal issues.

"We’re 100 percent supportive of Dr. Conley, and we’ll continue to be so. We’re happy to have her here, and look forward to a long, prosperous relationship," Hickey said.

Conley previously served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District in Maricopa, Arizona, and is a native of Moab.

"I have been blessed to have been given this opportunity in Park City, and my job is to serve our students in Park City and lead the district in education," Conley said.


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