Joe Arpaio's Boy Rich Burden of "Colorado Kool-Aid" Fame Retires Due to Pending Demotion

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Burden, from a video (see below) featuring him sucking back some suds

The last time this blog bothered with MCSO Lieutenant Rich Burden, it was 2011, and I had stumbled across a video of Burden on YouTube taking great delight in imbibing "Colorado Kool-Aid in California," and making an un-PC crack about drunk driving.

"I am not drinking and driving, at all," the do-rag-wearin' Burden tells the camera. "I drink, then drive."

Burden later told me the video as an "error" and an "oversight" on his part.

Known as a one-time pal of fired, disgraced former Chief Deputy David Hendershott and somewhat infamous for his participation in past MCSO shenanigans, Burden more recently had been promoted to captain, and was acting commander of MCSO's District IV, which includes Cave Creek.

But in a letter Burden emailed a couple of days ago to fellow MCSO employees, he announced his sudden retirement, saying Chief Deputy David Trombi had informed him that he "did not meet Office Standards," and was being busted back to lieutenant.

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"I was made aware by Sheriff Arpaio's Command Staff today," writes Burden, "that they have decided I did not meet the satisfactory completion of my probationary period for the position of Captain.Their intention is to demote me back to Lieutenant and transfer me to MCSO Training."

Burden relates that the MCSO's upper echelon did not offer a reason why this was done, and that it did not have to, because he was still on probation for his promotion to captain.

The lieutenant discusses the "shock & awe" of his situation, claiming he didn't see it coming.

"It's amazing to go from one day at mock 5 [sic] and the world being an awesome beautiful place to full reverse with Mar's [sic] attacking and no end in sight," Burden states.

Despite Burden's surprise at being demoted, he seems to allude to some incident that may have prompted the MCSO's decision.

"I want each of you to know, I did what I thought was right and at the same time knowing each of you were my number one concern," he writes. "My career is and will be unfulfilled do to this unforeseen decision made today."

Granted, it's a vague statement. Since Burden's phone number was at the end of the letter, I gave him a call. Naturally, he sounded bummed. I asked if there had been an internal affairs investigation of some kind ongoing.

"Yeah," he replied. "But it wasn't focused on me."

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

How is it that all these "good ole boys" all look and act alike?

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Well, at least he didn't cooperate with Arpaio and Candy Andy in the witch hunt against the BOS and others by filing false paperwork.  He scores ONE point.

Coz - I didn't realize your trash was so interesting.  Toss a couple of bags my way and let me browse!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Again, I say the culture of abuse and corruption Arpaio brought to the MCSO has infected all levels. 

The only way this agency will ever be turned around is by being placed in Federal Receivership so that all power is removed from Arpaio and his thugs.

Jukes
Jukes

How are these excuses for law enforcement any better than the criminals they are supposed to be protecting the public from? 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Will YPS now tell us how overall MCSO is professional?  Will he change his avatar to be a pic of Leo Drivinghawk?  Maybe Brett "shut up" Palmer?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Burden has always been and always be nothing more than a lying corrupt SCUMBAG

Couldn't happen to a better ASSHOLE.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@shadeaux14  They choose to ignore the obvious when its about their own. Anyone else would be sitting in jail held non-bondable.

bobunf
bobunf

@Jukes They aren't.  These excuses are more dangerous than the people they "investigate," jail and kill.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

You do realize Burden and Drivinghawk were partners for many years...up until Drivinghawk was charged for Felony Fraud in Federal Court for he and his family bilking investors out of 80+ million dollars.

Then Drivinghawk turned snitch for the Feds against his family.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Cozz More proof that MCSO problems run MUCH deeper than the Joker and the command staff..

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Cozz @WhoKnows Did not know that tie!   It's interesting!  I still don't get why MCSO kept Drivinghawk on payroll for about 6 months after he plead guilty in the fraud though.  What DIDN'T he spill?

bobunf
bobunf

@Cozz You could just shorten that to "thieves they were."

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

Yes, the tie was strong between them. It was taking care of the inside buddies club that were more than willing to do Arpaio's and Hendershotts dirty work is why Drivinghawk stayed on payroll for so long..


Thick as thieves they were.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

The only asshole I know that starts from the top is Arpaio

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@jonnyquest And MCSO is now rotted all the way to the asshole! (or should that be assHOLES?)

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The fish rots from the head.

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