Members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors spoke with disgust at times about County Assessor Paul Petersen during a meeting in Phoenix.
The panel unanimously voted to ask the county attorney to start the process to remove Petersen based on willful misconduct.
The Republican was arrested and charged in a scheme involving the adoption of babies from the Marshall Islands.
Petersen has pleaded not guilty in Arizona, Arkansas and Utah to charges involving the adoption of babies from the Marshall Islands through his law firm.
Lawyers for Petersen and the Board of Supervisors had pursued negotiations that would involve the suspended assessor resigning, but never came to an agreement.