- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Rangers, a statewide organization that sometimes helps police, has sued one of its chapters, claiming members were insubordinate and inflammatory.

The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court by the volunteer-driven group targets 22 members of the now-expelled Lonesome Valley Company in the Prescott area.

It demands the return of $10,000 in funds and that the defendants stop referring to themselves as rangers.

The Rangers currently operate 17 chapters. Members usually are called on to assist police agencies at large public events with security or crowd control.

In an Oct. 16 letter to its 320 members, the board of the Arizona Rangers accused the chapter of conducting “mutiny” last June.

James McInerny, a member of the Prescott company and a former state board member, was accused of sharing confidential information with non-board members.

McInerny was suspended on June 13 but Lonesome Valley members voted to reinstate him. They also voted to withdraw the $10,000 from their chapter account to pay for an attorney to litigate against the state board, the Arizona Republic (https://bit.ly/1HudLvv) reported last week.

The group continues to run itself as the Lonesome Valley Company. McInerny did not immediately return a message left Sunday by The Associated Press seeking comment.

The state board also accused ex-members of sending emails, some anonymously, to upset current membership.

“Are these mass-emails and the strategies employed by the former Rangers reflective of the type of personnel that should be involved with the Rangers?” the letter states.

The Rangers, with roots back to the 1800s, is mostly comprised of retired law enforcement and military personnel. They officially report to the governor’s office.

Gov. Jan Brewer’s office has rarely interacted with them, Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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