Maricopa County manager files complaint vs Thomas

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PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Manager David Smith has filed a State Bar of Arizona complaint against County Attorney Andrew Thomas and some of his employees.

Smith's two-page complaint was sent Monday to Chief Bar Counsel Maret Vessella. The complaint alleges that Thomas has a conflict with his client — the Board of Supervisors — and that some county attorney employees may have leaked confidential, legal information on Internet blogs or to reporters.

Special Assistant County Attorney Barnett Lotstein says to his knowledge, no such confidential information has been disclosed. He says the complaint is a continuation of the effort to intimidate the County Attorney's Office.

Smith and the board have been sparring with Thomas and his office for months now over a variety of things, including a motion to give supervisors control over the selection of special prosecutors.