Joe Arpaio's Boys Larry Black and Joel Fox on Administrative Leave, Lisa Aubuchon Kisses the Mat, and More

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Arpaio always was, and still is, the jefe

If the feds cannot find some indictments out of the mess that is Maricopa County, they should pack their Samsonites and head to Rio to sell real estate.

The latest news in the wake of the release of Deputy Chief Frank Munnell's memo outlining the many alleged misdeeds of Chief Deputy David Hendershott, is that MCSO Director Larry Black and Captain Joel Fox are on administrative leave. Paid, of course.

In a related item, Lisa Aubuchon, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' go-to prosecutor for political vendettas is facing the firing squad. She's been on leave pending the result of an investigation ordered by interim County Attorney Rick Romley.

Last week she received a pre-termination letter. Today could be her last day in the county's employ.

Regarding the Black and Fox dismissals, the Arizona Republic is playing them like a vindication of Munnell and his memo. According to the Rep's narrative, Munnell enters stage left, sword in hand, ready to slay the villains.

In the Rep's latest, Munnell is quoted as approving of the MCSO's putting Black and Fox on leave pending the outcome of an investigation to be overseen by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Arpaio's mini-me.

Munnell also backs the decision to give the investigation to Babeu, a man whose lust for publicity nearly rivals Sheriff Joe's. Munnell sounds like he's already assumed Hendershott's mantle, though Hendershott is officially still on medical leave.

Sources tell me Hendershott's undergone operations to replace one or both of his kneecaps. If true, he won't be kneeling to his master Joe Arpaio anytime soon.

Which brings me to another point. The Republic is following the MCSO's lead on this story, painting Arpaio as a clueless exec undermined by a nefarious underling.

Arizona's paper of record even quotes Arpaio's top flack Lisa Allen on the Black/Fox leave decision. She states that such decisions are made on a "case-by-case" basis, taking into account "truthfulness issues and the gravity of the allegations involved."

When Allen, Arpaio's spinmeister of many years, becomes your story's moral compass, you know you've veered off course.

Channel 12's Joe Dana and the Republic apparently scored their copies of the Munnell memo separately. Reporters are not known for sharing, even in newsrooms joined under the same corporate umbrella.

You should also note that the Republic has access to Arpaio and the MCSO's talking heads, unlike Dana, who is despised by MCSO higher-ups.

Cui bono? That's the question we should all be asking. Who benefits from the memo and its release?

Certainly Munnell does. He comes out smelling like a candy confectioner, even though, by his own admission, he only sent Joe the memo after Hendershott threatened to remove him from his post as Patrol Bureau Commander.

Munnell's pal Jerry Sheridan, MCSO's Chief of Custody, does as well. Already he is "interim Chief Deputy" in Hendershott's absence. Either Sheridan or Munnell could score the gig full time if Hendershott's pushed out of the frame.

MCSO honchos Allen, Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre, and Finance Director Loretta Barkell also earn halos in Munnell memo for having complained about Hendershott to Arpaio. I won't opine on Barkell, but anyone who's followed the Sheriff Joe saga knows that MacIntyre and Allen aren't dancing on the head of some pin together.

Arpaio is depicted as out-of-the-loop, to some degree, supposedly ignorant of Hendershott's major transgressions. Munnell even states that Hendershott lied to Arpaio initially about the 2007 arrests of my bosses, Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey and VVM CEO Jim Larkin.

Hendershott ultimately took responsibility for the arrests. But Munnell says Hendershott initially told Arpaio that former special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik ordered the collars.

Sorry, but I don't buy the line that Arpaio is so clueless. It's a little too convenient with a federal grand jury still on the hunt for MCSO quarry, and with multiple criminal and civil investigations from the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice and the state Attorney General still in swing.

Just about everyone on the 19th Floor of the Wells Fargo Building, where Arpaio maintains his pasha-like headquarters, has to worry about these investigations and the possibility of indictments.

If Arpaio is indicted and is somehow forced to step down, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors picks a replacement sheriff, all of those well-paid Deputy Chiefs are looking at early retirement or worse.

For them, Arpaio must remain in power. And if Hendershott, Black and Fox shoulder the guilt, in the press at least, Arpaio could be saved.

True, what's in the Munnell memo jibes with much of what we already know or have presumed about the MCSO. The agency's muck-a-mucks could shame the House of Borgia, according to the document.

And Hendershott certainly deserves his role as the heavy. But he serves at the pleasure of Sheriff Joe, who has gained in numerous ways from his Chief Deputy's machinations.

Which is to say that Arpaio is the Godfather, not Hendershott. Though the feds should hurry up and indict the latter. Because that's the route to indicting Joe himself.

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(expletive deleted)
(expletive deleted)

wow. Confirmation of the facts alleged in many of your investigations in one document. I am truly amazed that you have continued to pound away at this.Your tenacity is the mark of a true patriot and public servant.good job.

GZ
GZ

Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa Mafia... why the Feds have not made an arrest for a continuing criminal interprise is beyond me. Thousands have been convicted under RICO with much less evidence. I understand why Maricopa County is unable to indict him. Arpaio is a big fish in a little pond. But let's face it, on a grander scale he simply a county sheriff.. not the pinnacle of the law enforcement pyramid. If he took 2 steps back on the professional ladder he might qualify as head of security at Mall of America. But maybe not. Their standards are higher.

Coz
Coz

Munnell is just as dirty as the rest of them. Took this prick 10+ years to come forward, I don't buy any of his bullshit.

Munnell has been a part of this mob of corruption for many, many years and never had a problem with any of it until now, ask yourself why...

He's doing nothing more now than trying to save is own fat ass, he belongs in jail with the rest of them, period.

Needcansaz
Needcansaz

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wherewasi
wherewasi

Tommy C- you said "Liz, I do believe you're being snitty... "

LOL! Yes, I usually am.

But that wasn't me!

Liz

Tina
Tina

Frank Munnell really is the John Dean of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Madison DO
Madison DO

Really, now this comes out, and only because it’s a person on the Command Staff. This is stuff that has been known, and reported to the FBI, U.S. Attorney, State A.G., County Attorney, and Media for over 15 years. Folks whom have done this have had their lives, and careers ruined, by the Sheriff, and his cronies. There are very few who are not guilty. They sold there souls. Maybe just maybe it’s time they pay a little bit for what the have done.

Car_del99
Car_del99

Are we to believe that the joker did not know what was going on ? in the memo ,Munnell kind of let's the joker slide like telling anybody that reads the memo that he knew anything..If the joker did not fire Hendy it's because he knows a lot about him that can send the joker to prison.I think the joker was not planning to do anything about the memo ,but, Munnell forced his hand by releasing it to the mediaI wouldn't be surprised that the joker was making money off those trips to Honduras too...( remember he defended those trips )When Hendy gets indicted by the Feds he will turn on everybody , he will not go alone....

thugmuncher
thugmuncher

Sorry, for those of you who love this corrupt filthy Sheriff and his criminal buddies. This is the real deal. Regardless of the never ending DOJ investigation and previous FBI investigations the Joe and Dave show and their minions have finally entered the dark amusement ride called "Let's Go To Federal Prison." Too bad their not both younger so they can serve more time. What a couple of pieces of garbage.

Rob
Rob

Just saw on channel 5 news that Babeu is calling for Henderschott to be placed on Administrative leave....can't get verification anywhere else...

ScaredOfJoe
ScaredOfJoe

It's amazing that Fox was such a smug prick when he was posting on these boards during the SCA scandal, and with this tome we see what a weasel he really is. Funny thing about people with those types of personalities is that they think they're in the right. Not saying he's the worst of the bunch, but he in particular, with his rants about his righteousness, is the worst type of person.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

"Interesting Timing" wrote:

"So if the memo was given to Joe in August, why wheren't they put on leave then rather than waiting until it made the press?"

Because Arpaio is the one with the authority to put them on leave, not Munnell. And Arpaio wasn't even going to put them on leave, at first, when the story first got published. See the initial Arizona Republic story. By the next day, he had put them on administrative leave. Arpaio bends only as much as he needs to. When things start snowballing he tosses the dogs a bone and hopes they stop howling. He's covering himself.

Interesting Timing
Interesting Timing

So if the memo was given to Joe in August, why wheren't they put on leave then rather than waiting until it made the press

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

I see your point, Rob, but it might be just as well that Munnell saved up this information.

You seem to be advocating that, the very first time Munnell saw or heard anything improper or possibly illegal, he should have skipped the chain of command and went straight to the media with the information.

If he had, he would never have made it to a position of authority from which he could report as an insider on the goings-on. Let's face it, in an organization like the MCSO choirboys don't rise through the ranks. Furthermore, it would have been his word against that of others, on an isolated matter.

Police organizations often have a strong code of silence not unlike that of criminal gangs. If you have a beef you take it up internally, and only if and when you can't get satisfaction -- assuming that getting satisfaction is for the good of the organization, not just your personal good -- only then are you going to be cut any slack by your peers for going public. Until then, they are likely to close ranks and any corroboration you need to prove your allegations dries up. Part of this is fear of career consequenecs, but there is also a definite social dynamic that, for all the rhetoric about public service, views non-officers as outsiders who haven't earned the privileges of equals.

Law enforcement groups are also quasi-military in their organizational structure. Discipline is often valued above following your own ideas (including personal conscience). The further you rise and the longer you've served, the more leeway you have to be subjective, but there is a strong incentive (career and social) to operate within the chain of command and deal with problems through channels.

Munnell clearly had to experience two things to overcome this conditioning: first, an accumulation of observations of behavior that dishonored the organization. (Note the emphasis on accumulation: he had to stomach as much as he could until he just couldn't stomach any more.) Second, he needed the incentive of continuing threats against his personal career interests. I think it was back in January or February when Hendershott tried to remove him. Then, Munnell made some internal stink and Hendershott ended up contacting a lawyer in a panic, who then contacted Munnell to "assure" him that he was not being discriminated against for cooperating with state and federal investigations. But Munnell understood that in Hendershott's case this was mere temporizing and that he was going to try again, this time with camouflage (see the reference to Hendershott's "pebble on the beach" method). So, he sent the memo to Arpaio in August, copies of which the media subsequently obtained.

Anon
Anon

The house of cards is finally falling and this should be the beginning of a long trail -- it's about time!!

Marcy
Marcy

I particularly like Jumbo Dave's defense of one of his favorites when charges of lying were brought up. If you just changed ONE word then the statement would have been true and if you only have to change ONE word then it is correct to say that the alleged lie was really 99% accurate.

Sort of like when Clinton said he did not have sex with that woman. If you change the did not to did then it is true so what Clinton said was almost entirely truthful. At least in Jumbo Dave's mixed up mind.

Marcy
Marcy

Joe Arpaio made it clear in his last deposition that he would be using the Sgt Shultz defense (I know 'nutting) if any charges were ever leveled against him.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

"Rob" wrote:

"After re-reading Munnells memo and much thought I can't help but focus on the fact that Munnell's actions are completely self serving and this memo was written for one sole purpose: to save his own job."

That isn't a fact, it's an inference, and it's unwarranted. Munnell was already cooperating with the FBI investigation, long before he sent the memorandum: apparently that cooperation was what got him into such hot water with Hendershott. For all we know the FBI already had most or all of the information in the memo.

The fact that Munnell waited until his job was in jeopardy to write a memo openly challenging his boss, Hendershott, and other powerful figures in the MCSO, isn't evidence that the sole purpose of the memo is to save his job: it's evidence that he considered it imprudent to rock the boat in such a high-profile manner prior to the threat against his career, as much as he may have wanted to.

There is nothing dishonorable about trying to save your job, incidentally, and it isn't a question of characterizing Munnell either as a selfless crusader for justice or else as a selfish schemer: that's a false dichotomy.

Rocky
Rocky

Munnell and friends certainly stand to gain if Arpaio survives. Still, if the feds truly follow up on the memo it's hard to imagine Arpaio not taking a terminal hit. It would take a Blagojevich defense - and that's a career ender at least.

In the mean time, pass the popcorn.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

No mention of this story at all on the local news web sites, besides KPHO and azcentral. I would assume it failed to make the local nightly news as well.

This story will never be seen by the Maricopa retirees who hold Arpaio in such high regard and are the ones getting him re-elected term after term. This is by design, I'm sure.

Ross
Ross

Hard to keep up with all of this. Elsewhere it is being reported that Channel 12 did a story last night in which former Lt. Roy Reyer claims Hendershott had kept two sets of books for one of the office’s youth programs, and that Reyer had been directed by Hendershott to falsify documents and statistics. After he resisted, Reyer said, his career in the department was ruined.

Truth08
Truth08

FB wrote:>>>"Sorry, but I don't buy the line that Arpaio is so clueless."

You and me both.

>>>"unlike Dana, who is despised by MCSO higher-ups."

Good for Dana, to have stayed on top of the MCSO scandal. If it were Josh Bernstein, this might of never gotten out?

Glad for pointing out FB, that the Feds can do something even if Babue (mini-me) doesn't.

Regards,Truth

Ross
Ross

Can anyone else remember a time that something was done by this Sheriff's Office in passive voice?

The headlines have always been "Arpaio Does This" or "Arpaio Did That."

Now we have two supervisors, including the one who was so emotional about his gay deputy's problems, being suspended by .... the Truth Fairy, maybe?

Munnell is no choir boy; he helped cover up some of these crimes for more than a decade. But the fact that he is singing now, may be meant to pave the way for more news soon. The federal grand jury would not have been asked to vote indictments just before the primary election, but they would be asked to do it before November.

Wealthystew
Wealthystew

Are there any people today who actually STAND for something or is everyone a sellout wimp? Only in America, the land of the spoiled brats who were not strong enough to hold on to what their parents could, so they sellout cause they're TOO SCARED to do anything about it. Those people have a right to defend themselves against ILLEGAL ALIEN YOU DUMB ASSES!

Coz
Coz

Feds are a fucking joke

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Wups. My slip was showing, dammit. If people would just post with their names I wouldn't get so confused..... but if two Jills and two James post at the same time I guess I'm screwed. Sorry, Liz...

Rollem45
Rollem45

That new bus Arpaio illegally purchased will roll over Hendercheat some many times he will be a discredited witness. Oh, believe Arpaio has the next six moves planned out and Lisa Allen has it all ready written. The only unknown variable is the DOJ.

spicemonger
spicemonger

Mary Rose Wilcox made the statement, I am paraphrasing, that it is obvious why Joe gave this to his buddy Baboon and if this is swept under the rug the supervisors will call for the FBI to intercede and take control of the investigation...hence Baboon at least at this point not being Joe's bitch.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Simple, they had a bunch of documents to shred, and the Henderblimp has to take frequent food breaks.

Tina
Tina

That's an excellent long post by Emil Pulsifer.....particularly the part about the general makeup of police organizations, how they operate, and that they're quasi-military in nature.

There may be something to Munnell's motives being a bit self-serving, but at least he got it out there, exposed in detail some really grim actions, the lying, cover-ups, abuse of power to the max, that corruption is pervasive from the top of MCSO. Too bad he doesn't want to recognize or is in a state of denial that the "top" is Arpaio, that the defiant Arpaio, who has demonstrated his unwillingness to comply with countless laws, is an active and condoning part of it all, not at all the "dumb-bunny."

Rob
Rob

I can agree with that Emil.

Why bother taking pot shots with a .22 when you can go nuclear?

Anon
Anon

The real issue is why so many officials sat back (which includes elected officials, politicians and legislators) when they knew abuse of power and corrupt practices have been going on is truly disgusting. This has called into question the integrity of law enforcement and the justice system. Too many sat back silently for years, while Sheriff Arpaio and former MCAO Andrew Thomas continued on their path of destruction with no oversight or accountability. It's time to end this reign of terror!

Start with getting rid of the Penthouse office floors in the Wells Fargo luxury building where a sheriff's office DOES NOT BELONG! Get rid of the "God" complex and toss them down to earth on the land behind the courthouses and jails Downtown!

Get rid of the of wall of 6-figure income leeches who will never talk because why would they jeopardize all that pay and their pensions.

Get rid of the PR departments, their budget and flacks. Spewing deceptive and misleading information to the public, which the media grabs and fails to investigate to present another side -- that is until recently when the global media shined it's harsh light on Arizona!

Rob
Rob

Emil,

Your absolutely correct, I am inferring this and it does not stand as fact; I stand corrected. This, among other things, is what I am taking away after several readings of the memo. However, I do not feel it is unwarranted.

The memo is replete with information of incidents in the past; many very serious and many that were widely reported. Yet, MCSO remained silent on those issues and, at best, released information that if we are to believe Munnell (and, as said before, I've no reason to doubt his veracity), was an outright lie. Munnell acknowledges the silence as a detriment as he notes certain information released by MCSO to simply not be true.

He also notes his acknowledgment of actions by Henderschott - and others - that were clearly against policy. In several of these incidents he cites ARS code and notes them as felonies. And, again, these were incidents that became public.

By no means am I absolving the MCSO and those noted in this memo. I've long suspected the corruption that has been written about and I've no doubt it goes deeper than what we are reading now.

I will also agree that there is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to save ones job. I am just having trouble trying to rectify why he did not take the proper course of action at the time these incidents happened. I can't help but think that this reeks of a person who sits by and lets things build up and stores that information so they can "use" it at a time when they deem fit.

Rollem45
Rollem45

but Reyer left himself open for a criminal investigation...so welcome to conviction city. He should have been guiltless and then throw mud.

Rob
Rob

After re-reading Munnells memo and much thought I can't help but focus on the fact that Munnell's actions are completely self serving and this memo was written for one sole purpose: to save his own job.

It's clear he wrote this knowing it would go public with his references throughout as to his loyalty to Arpaio, his loyalty to the public, his refusal to comply with illegal orders and many other statements that portray him as a beacon of justice among the wrongdoers in MCSO.

He cites events dating back to 1995. He cites items reported in the press of wrongdoing - of misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance - taking place within MCSO over the last 15 years. He cites the blatant political corruption not only with SCA but other items. He claims that he had this memo, in rough draft form, written over a year ago.

Yet, he is only coming clean now and revealing this....out of loyalty to Arpaio and the "best interests of the public". And because his position as Chief of Patrol was being threatened. He's only coming out now because he felt his ass was on the line.

He cites Henderschott creating a "hostile work environment that is untenable". He also cites events in the past that are clear examples of this. But, he waits until now to say anything about it.

While I appreciate finally hearing information from within MCSO that supports what we've all been reading about, it's clear Munnell has an agenda. It's also clear that whatever issues he is exposing are the issues HE wants out there. I think there's a lot, lot more going on here.

Rcrowell12
Rcrowell12

Here is a clue for you...Dave Hendershott is a thug and a criminal...up to his fat ears in corruption and illegality and now just possibly he has a chance of going to a Federal prison for the rest of his piece of shit miserable life...and since you appear to be uneducated...if it comes to pass it will be Federal prison where someone who needs a boyfriend will pass this filthy piece of garbage around like a toy. There is finally hope on the horizon.

WTF?
WTF?

WTF are you talking about?

Jenna
Jenna

Help me out. I see people today, wimp, spoiled brats, those people, and you dumb asses. Could you please clarify who they and them are?

bob gelder
bob gelder

my take away from wading through all sixty plus pages:the MCSO has been for some time Hendershott's private army and only a law enforcement agency when it's convenient.Arpaio and his command staff believe that by scapegoating Hendershott, Black, and Fox the rest of them may be able to remain in power.I really like "the Hendershott" used many times circa p.57 in the document.

Anon
Anon

The real issue is why so many officials sat back (which includes elected officials, politicians and legislators) when they knew abuse of power and corrupt practices have been going on is truly disgusting. This has called into question the integrity of law enforcement and the justice system. Too many sat back silently for years, while Sheriff Arpaio and former MCAO Andrew Thomas continued on their path of destruction with no oversight or accountability. It's time to end this reign of terror!

Start with getting rid of the Penthouse office floors in the Wells Fargo luxury building where a sheriff's office DOES NOT BELONG! Get rid of the "God" complex and toss them down to earth on the land behind the courthouses and jails Downtown!

Get rid of the of wall of 6-figure income leeches who will never talk because why would they jeopardize all that pay and their pensions.

Get rid of the PR departments, their budget and flacks. Spewing deceptive and misleading information to the public, which the media grabs and fails to investigate to present another side -- that is until recently when the global media shined it's harsh light on Arizona!

Rocky
Rocky

I don't think there's any doubt that Munnell is trying to come out of this intact - at least as an immune witness and at best with a nice retirement package years in the future. He wrote a hell of a "I come not to bury Caesar but to praise him" speech.

The response to elements in the breaking story has certainly been gratifying, but the real question is where the information goes from here? Will a handful of people take a fall, and everything goes back to normal at MCSO? Or will there be followup? If so, its difficult to believe that Arpaio covered his tracks so well that evidence won't lead right to his desk.

Rollem45
Rollem45

Everyone of the captains and above at MCSO have gotten RICH from our tax dollars. Just the most recently created civilian chief positions alone created for former sworn chiefs can be viewed as a million dollar group. The sworn chief positions left vacant were immediately filled by captains and the net effect was four additional executive postions. This is the same situation that lead to Chagolla crying for his pay raise last year.The retirement, doubledipping, off-duty, take home, gas paid for, training trips, and over time, and business networking and opportunities have been a cottage industry at MCSO only rivaled by the small city in California.

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