Brock won't assume BOS chairman position

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PHOENIX - Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock has decided to not assume the chairman role for 2011 in light of the recent legal issues.

Brock released a statement Tuesday afternoon, two days before he was supposed to assume the role as chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Brock asked Andy Kunasek to assume the role and he accepted the position.

Brock released the following statement saying, "Serving as Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is not more important than serving as a father for my daughters who need me and my attention right now.

"That is why, despite many months of preparation for the chairmanship that would have started on Thursday, I have asked my very capable colleague Andy Kunasek to assume this role in 2011. He has accepted and I thank him for that.

"We both consider serving the public a tremendous honor and privilege. I know Andy will do a wonderful job as Chairman. I would also like to thank everyone for their prayers and recent words of encouragement, especially my colleagues. All of the sentiments have made a difference. Please continue to think of all those involved, including the victim and his family. We remain deeply grateful for the ongoing prayers for all those involved in this tragedy."
 
Brock's wife, Susan, and daughter Rachel allegedly both had a sexual relationship with a minor.

Susan pleaded not guilty to the charges. Charges have not yet been filed against Rachel.

Brock filed for divorce after the allegations against his wife surfaced.