Updated Jun 18, 2013 - 9:25 am
Ariz. ex-fire chief facing theft charges now mayor
FLORENCE, Ariz. -- A former acting Hayden fire chief accused of theft and trafficking in stolen property has been sworn in as the community's mayor.
KPHO-TV reports that 37-year-old Charles Vega was sworn in Monday after winning the seat in March.
He was arrested a month before his election by Pinal County sheriff's deputies for allegedly taking money from a fundraising dance for the Hayden Volunteer Fire Department and chainsaws meant for the Asarco Mine in Kearney.
Vega was removed as the fire chief and is a former worker at the Asarco Mine.
He told KPHO-TV he's innocent until proven guilty.
The incumbent that Vega beat in the election, Monica Badillo, says Vega should step down.
A pretrial conference for Vega's case is slated for next month.
Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/