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Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2005 6:43 am | Updated: 8:21 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mesa-based Southwest Ambulance’s director of government affairs left the company this week.

Tony Motola, 37, said he left Friday to start his own public relations and political consulting firm.

His departure came on the heels of the bitter resignation last month of Brian Witzeman, the son the late Lou Witzeman, the founder of Rural/Metro Corp., which is Southwest’s parent company.

Motola, who had been with Southwest for less than three years, said "there’s really not a lot" to his own resignation.

"I wish I had a juicy Brian Witzeman story for you, but I don’t," he said. "I just decided, as happens in government affairs, I was going to go into business for myself and try to get that going."

As government affairs director, he served as the company’s liaison to elected officials and city managers throughout Maricopa County.

Anne Bielecki, Southwest’s vice president for public affairs, said there’s no connection between Motola’s and Witzeman’s departures.

Motola developed many friendships at the company, and executives wished him luck, she said.

His resignation came at a time when Scottsdale is seeking competitive bids for ambulance providers, and also as Tempe and Chandler are preparing to request bids for ambulance providers.

Motola said he likely would have been involved in the company’s bid preparations, but Southwest has employees who can handle those duties.

Most of his contribution had been building and maintaining relationships with government officials in the months and years prior anyway, he said.

"Good government relations essentially is good community relations, so I basically tried to stay visible and make the company a good community partner," he said.

In contrast, Bielecki said Motola would not have been involved in the bid process.

Motola said he has not begun work on his business.

"There seems to be a new one every month, so there must be a lot of work out there," he said.

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