A look back at Tucson's political yearPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's been a turbulent year in Tucson politics, from major personnel changes to a movement that occupied our parks and our politics.
2011 was a year both the politicians and the people will never forget. We take a look back at five crucial moments in Tucson's political year.
At number five we begin with a new mayor.
Mayor Bob Walkup stepped down after 12 years.
Tucsonans elected local attorney Jonathan Rothschild to the post.
Democrats dominated election night, sweeping all three council races. It left Councilman Steve Kozachik as the sole republican around the table.
At number 4, someone was booted from the table.
City Manager Mike Letcher followed his predecessor's footsteps. Council members fired the embattled City Manager with a unanimous vote.
It was a bitter ending, after a series of failures and missteps. One final nasty memo sealed Letcher's fate.
Richard Miranda is temporarily filling the City Manager's role. A national search is underway, but we'll have to wait and see if he'll stay on board.
At number three, the 911 debacle.
News surfaced of major problems with the city's 911 system. One council member spearheaded the effort for answers. While officials claimed nothing was wrong.
The fire department is in charge of 911 now and the glitches appear, for the most part, to be gone.
At number two, a movement no one will ever forget.
Occupy Tucson swept into the Old Pueblo until they were kicked out of Armory Park.
They found a new home at Veinte de Agosto Park, tickets and citations continued. Now, as the new year approaches they struggle to regroup after their latest eviction.
And at number one an event that changed the political discourse in Tucson, Arizona and perhaps even the country.
A gunman shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically wounding her and killing six others outside a grocery store.
Together we've watched her remarkable recovery that continues to this day.
This tragedy brought a community together and even if for a short time united democrats and republicans alike.