- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams says she believes a police inquiry is warranted over Valley Metro chief operating officer Stephen Banta’s reported irregularities in his expense accounts.

Banta announced his resignation Tuesday - effective in January - amid a newspaper’s investigation into his expense reports, which included first-class flights and expensive dinner and hotel tabs.

Banta has been CEO of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s bus and light-rail systems since January 2010 and reportedly has an annual salary of almost $265,000.

The Arizona Republic says it gathered Banta’s expense and credit card records through the state’s public records law.

Williams chairs the five-member Valley Metro Rail Board.

The board has called an emergency meeting for Dec. 3 to determine whether to fire and seek a criminal investigation of Banta.

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

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