Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sandra Dowling, had a momentary reprieve before the county filed a new suit against her. After an attorney representing the County Board of Supervisors requested the suit be dropped, Dowling, elected in 1988, must have felt the weight of the world lift from her shoulders.Within minutes, however, a new suit was filed—this one naming Dowling personally, rather than the positions she holds. Dowling also ran the school district that operates the nationally acclaimed Thomas J. Pappas School for Homeless Children, which she founded.
“We had to dismiss that case because suing the superintendent of education for the county would basically be suing ourselves to recover money,” said Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.
The new suit alleges Dowling misspent nearly $2 million.