Who’s Confident In Chuck Huckelberry?

Apparently, after twenty-five years of collecting a massive salary for subjugating his constituents, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s memory is cloudy: It was only a few short years ago that he pushed a bond measure to fund road repairs that Pima County voters proudly shot down. Fast forward to 2018, and once again he attempted to foist a bond—and its commensurate taxes—on all of us. Once again, just like the last time, the good people of Pima County smelled the bum deal that Chuck offered, and they turned up their noses, wisely.

At public appearance after public appearance, Board of Supervisors meeting after Board of Supervisors meeting, Chuck insists that the tens of millions of dollars of gas tax funds the State sends Pima County each year aren’t enough to patch even a three-inch long crack, let alone one of the crater-sized potholes that pock nearly every county-maintained road. Only a new bond, he is adamant, will give us good care of our roadways. Huckelberry sounds an awful like a one-trick pony, doesn’t he?

A few weeks ago, my boss approached me to find a way to load some software on several hundred computers we couldn’t reach through our normal channels. It was no mean feat, but I got creative: I tapped into another management facility deeply ingrained in those machines, and I contrived a mechanism to send and to install our software. I found a way to make do with the resources I had, and I got the job done.

Chuck continues to insist that the only way he can appropriate funds for us to maintain our resources is to levy a new burden against the taxpayers and take from us new funds; he is certain he cannot do his job with the resources he already has.

I rather enjoy being gainfully employed, and my regular direct deposits of salary. And I can promise you, my employer pays me far less than we pay Chuck. Either I’m due for a raise, or Chuck Huckelberry is grossly overpaid and a poor fit for the job he does. (Maybe both.) It is time the leaders we (continuously and astoundingly re-) elect to administer this County retire Chuck—and his hand-picked lackeys—and appoint administrators who will do the job we the people pay them to do.

It’s long past time, actually.

So, after the taxpaying voters handed Chuck another defeat at the ballot box last week, what action must the Supervisors take? It’s simple: They must take up a vote themselves and unanimously declare that they have no confidence in Chuck. Except for the monied cronies who paid for Chuck’s large and colorful campaign signs, nobody else has confidence in Chuck. Now is the time to find a reasonable steward of our public resources. And, heck, the cronies will reap rewards in saving the money they otherwise waste on Chuck’s cockamamie schemes.

Seriously, Supervisors, vote no confidence on Chuck Huckelberry. He can only snow the people for so long before he takes you down, too; winter is coming.


  1. At the October monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party there was a presentation by Joseph Boogaart on how to fund road repairs. He demonstrated how to fix one-seventh of the total road miles each year at half the cost of what the bonds would cost.

    When bonds are issue, local banks buy them. Because these local banks cannot afford to tie their money up for such a long time, they bundle the bonds together and sell them, at a discount, to Wall Street. Thus, money flows out of the Pima County economy to the mega-banks in New York. This is another reason to avoid bonds if at all possible.

    Christopher Cole
    Pima County Libertarian Party

  2. Since my return from an extended absence, the sight of Tucson and Pima County is atrocious. Rampant poverty, roads literally crumbling apart, medians of weeds and buildings in disrepair, traffic congestion that can never be improved. The only areas that have a decent appearance is where the commercial buildings have been razed to yield empty lots. I can honestly say it’s the ugliest place in America. Thanks Chuckie, you’ve succeeded in exactly what your daddys’ Raul Grijlava and Dan Eckstrom have dreamed, Tucson is no better than the Mexico. Tucson, meet yourself. Time to remove myself and my money, once again.

  3. At the Board of Supervisors meeting where 4 of the supervisors voted to place the bond before the voters (Ally was the only NO vote), I spoke and told the BOS and Huckelberry it wouldn’t pass and that I would work against its passage. While some might think the failure of this bond proposition to pass is due to the efforts of our small team of volunteers and the $7,000 in contributions we collected, it was all of Pima County who wouldn’t be fooled again. Even with more than $220,000 raised by the YES side of the bond, there is no way to make bond measures to repair the roads palatable when we are not using the 92 million dollars in HURF and VLT funds we received this year alone to maintain our roads.

    I thought Chuck Huckelberry would be smart enough to figure this out, but I was wrong apparently! I have NO CONFIDENCE in our county administrator and expect the Board of Supervisors to vote NO CONFIDENCE in our County Administrator!

  4. Lest one forgets, Chuck knows where all the County skeletons are hidden!
    A potential problem for the three Dems.

  5. Due to a job transfer, over 21 years ago I moved to another state. Imagine my dismay upon returning only to learn my main road, Thornydale had been “shelved!”…and during this same time Chuck Huckelberry is granted another pay raise? I was in middle school when this Fossil took over. It’s time we wake up people! If Oro Valley can complete Tangerine Rd within past 4 years, hello?
    Sadly, I’ve often heard my hometown Tucson being referred as “Dodge City” NOW I understand why! Get rid of this useless Sheriff!

  6. Here is an idea. Why not go back to using tax dollars that were collected to do the road maintenance and stop wasting it on nonsense like they have been doing.

  7. Chuck has to have something on somebody or many somebodies to remain. Dump Mr. Grand-A-Day and hire someone who isn’t corrupt.

  8. As long as Pima County voters keep electing the same left wing supervisors, that keep this clown as administrator nothing will change. Sad state of affairs….as usual.

  9. It is the who’s who of the Chuck Huckelberry supporters living in their alternate reality on the shiny pages of Biz Tucson Magazine. They have enjoyed the benefits of our public treasure for years under the oversight of Huckelberry and his band of supervisors. But you went too far….you got too greedy. The electorate is no longer having it. Note: the voting margins just keep getting bigger. Yes, I agree with the author…there is a mighty chill in the air.

  10. Every future effort to bring a tax increase before a public vote will cause the opposition to hang Chuckie’s mug to it like an albatross. A simple image of Chuck tied to any tax increase and it is DOA. Lacking integrity he will not resign but he should. A disgrace.

    • Corruption, as we have seen over many years and in many places, is non-partisan. Democrats in Tucson, Republicans in Marana. When I first came to Tucson I had a Republican City Councilmember whose top aide was a Democrat. Bennett Bernal explained to me that it’s serving the people that was what counted, not party affiliation. So I worked with Kathleen Dunbar on street cleanups and the like and came to see her as an honest and hard- working neighbor.

      What we need are 4 new supervisors and term limits. Doesn’t matter what their party affiliation is if they are truly honest and want to work for the benefit of their constituents.

  11. My understanding is that Chuckie is thinking
    of renaming the Golden Pin Lanes;
    “Chuck Huckleberry Golden Parachute In The
    Pocket Strike It Rich.”

  12. Who’s Confident In Chuck Huckelberry? His deep pocket handlers who will now instruct him to make it work by any means possible.
    Oh the money will flow, one way or another.

    The Oracle

  13. Chuck is too proud and stubborn to resign/retire so the answer lies in a new board. Please don’t forget that next election. BTW, don’t let Christy fool you into thinking he is not one of the good-ole-boys club.

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