Joe Arpaio Won't Do His Job, So Marshal David Gonzales Does It for Him
A number of law enforcement agencies lent resources and manpower to this effort, from the Phoenix and Tempe Police Departments to cop shops in Buckeye and Casa Grande.
One was noticeably absent: the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Which is ironic, because according to numbers I obtained from the Marshals Service, as of the end of September, there were 28,347 unserved warrants in the county.
Compare that to Pima County, which has a mere 1,357 warrants outstanding. Yeah, I know, Maricopa County's population is 3.9 times that of Pima County's. But do the math, and Maricopa County should have about 5,300 outstanding warrants.
Instead, we have more than five times that amount. Which may be why the MCSO doesn't issue press releases stating that it cleared x-number of warrants over the weekend.
An Arizona Republic fact check from February noted the following:
"The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office acts as a repository for all warrants in the county. It is not the sole agency responsible for serving those warrants -- each agency shares this responsibility -- but the Sheriff's Office does have the largest jurisdiction in the county."
One less alleged scumbag off the streets, no thanks to the MCSO...
That article also noted that the MCSO, unlike other local agencies, does not participate in the Marshals Service's Arizona task force, which goes out and rounds up fugitives.
Why not? Well, I asked the Marshals Service, but they have yet to get back to me on this question.
However, I seriously doubt that if Arpaio wanted to participate, Marshal Gonzales would stand in his way.
The mere fact that Arpaio does not do the job he's been elected to do is yet another good reason to recall him next year. Maybe then we can get a law man more interested in arresting fugitives than playing paddycake with wingnuts who think President Obama was born in Kenya.