Arizona AG: Yuma County Airport Authority Board in violations of

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Arizona AG: Yuma County Airport Authority Board in violations of open meeting law

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Story by: Jonathan Athens

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Some turbulent times for the Yuma County Airport Authority and some private pilots who fly out of the airport.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office just wrapped up its investigation into accusations the Airport Authority Board may have violated the open meeting law.

13 On Your Side found that some folks are concerned this latest finding could damage the airport's reputation.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office issued this letter saying even though the board violated the law, it is not taking corrective action.

But it is clear from what we found, this controversy is far from over.

It's this kind behavior that's prompted two lawsuits and an Attorney General's investigation into the Yuma County Airport Authority.

Private pilot Ken Scott is the man being told to sit down in the video.

He filed a complaint with the attorney general's office.

"I felt pretty bad because they embarrassed me in front of everybody," Scott said.

The man you see yelling at him is Robert Ingold, the board's President.

Ingold originally agreed to go on camera to explain his side of the story but he and the airport's attorney Wayne Benish later said no.

They sent us this statement instead from the airport director.

It says complaints by two private pilots are "part of a continuing effort to cause harm and disrepute to the airport."

Eleven out of 12 complaints were completely unfounded.

The airport director's statement goes on to say "the airport was validated in how it conducts its business in day-to-day operations."

But that's not good enough for Scott.

"At the very least, instead of slapping them on the wrist, give them a letter of reprimand or something, to tell them, ‘Hey you need to straighten your act up and get it right,'" Scott said.

Joe Gamez is one of those private pilots who complained.

"All we're looking for is to be treated with decency and respect," he said.

Gamez feels pilots like him are being pushed out.

"We paid for this airport, we fund this airport," Gamez said. "We are the um, nuts and bolts that keep this thing turning."

As for Scott, he is frustrated with the whole situation.

"I think there's definite problem there. There should be something done about it," Scott said. "But I don't know what."

The Arizona Attorney General's Office did not get back to us today to explain why it is not taking any corrective action on the one open meeting law violation.

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