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Councilman reacts to calls for resignation of chief of staff

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"The way she went about it, throwing her title into the whole mix. Me as a police officer, I would potentially lose my job," Bill Bonanno said. "The way she went about it, throwing her title into the whole mix. Me as a police officer, I would potentially lose my job," Bill Bonanno said.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's a story that's stirring up controversy. Now, the head of a local police union is calling for a Tucson City Council member's top staffer to resign after arrest.

Councilman Paul Cunningham released an e-mail on Friday evening in which his staffer, Katie Bolger says she apologized to the chief of police two days after getting arrested for obstructing a roadway. But, the Tucson Police Officers Association President says that's not good enough and he still wants her to step down.

Bolger, Cunningham's chief of staff, is seen on video cussing and chastising officers during her arrest. Now Bill Bonanno, the Tucson Police Officers Association President, is calling for her resignation.

"The way she went about it, throwing her title into the whole mix. Me as a police officer, I would potentially lose my job," Bonanno said.

Cunningham says Bolger, whom he calls a friend and employee, made a bad judgment call.

As a former probation officer, as a recovering alcoholic, I just believe in second chances," Cunningham said in a statement. "I know Katie used poor judgment. She definitely acted unprofessionally."

The police officers union wants a public apology. In an e-mail Tucson News Now obtained from Cunningham, Bolger writes she called Tucson Police Chief, Roberto Villasenor two days after the incident and apologized.

She goes on to say she did not want to make her statement to the chief public after it hit the press because she felt it would seem insincere after the fact.

"She's been a 3-year employee. We've never had any other incident," said Cunningham.

Bonanno says he's received e-mails from council members of other districts saying they would have handled the situation much differently.

"I think it's really easy to say what you'd do or would've done if it wasn't happening to you," said Cunningham.

Cunningham says Bolger has taken some time off work and he is taking steps to address the issue internally and does not plan on firing her.

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