The Chandler councilman who recently came under fire for his use of taxpayer money has been called up for active military duty in Iraq, he said on Thursday.
It’s not the first time Councilman Martin Sepulveda, a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, has been to Iraq. In 2005, he was deployed to the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, temporarily leaving his seat on the council.
This time, though, Sepulveda’s son, Marc, also a Navy reserve, is going, too.
“I don't have a whole lot of details,” the councilman said by phone.
Sepulveda said he was discussing details with his family and would know more later. His wife, Sheree, just returned from a trip to Argentina and only learned of his redeployment Thursday afternoon, he said.
“So, she's just absorbing it right now,” Sepulveda said.
Word of his redeployment came on the same day the city council is planning to vote on a new rules spurred by Sepulveda’s use of taxpayer money.
The councilman has been scrutinized in recent weeks when his fellow council members learned he had gotten taxpayers to pay for about $9,000 for his own personal cell phone bills.
Sepulveda has since paid the city back for $5,900 of that.
On Thursday night, the council planned to vote on new rules requiring city officials to hand over details about their cell phone use if they want to be reimbursed with city money.