Joe Arpaio's Boy Rich Burden of "Colorado Kool-Aid" Fame Retires Due to Pending Demotion
Ultimately, Arpaio was forced to ax Hendershott as a result of the Babeu investigation.
It's worth mentioning that these ginned-up MCSO probes of county supervisors, judges, and county employees led to the disbarment of Thomas and his onetime hatchetwoman, ex-Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon.
Stay tuned for more on Burden's departure, if and when I get it.
Below is Rich Burden's letter to his colleagues regarding his sudden retirement:
Richie's Final Open Letter: Date: June 28, 2013
I was made aware by Sheriff Arpaio's Command Staff today, 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. This has come by way of a meeting I was at with Chief David Trombi. He handed me a memorandum stating this fact and would not give me any reason why, just told me I did not meet Office Standards, and it will be effective July 8th. On July 8th I am so ordered to be demoted without cause back to LT (due to probationary status they don't need to show cause, nor do I have any rights to appeal)
Now, since we have got through the shock & awe and got that out of the way, I wanted to express my true feelings. I will be putting in a memorandum today to advise the Sheriff's Command of my intentions to retire on Sunday June 30, 2013. This in itself is an incredible & difficult decision, but one that needs to be made. It's amazing to go from one day at mock 5 and the world being an awesome beautiful place to full reverse with Mar's attacking and no end in sight.
I am telling myself everything will be okay, and I am sure it will be, it's just very hard to see through the fog of war right now. Either way, I will make it through this and mark it up to a bad dream. I am currently working with Human Resources personnel who are assisting me with the proper paperwork and giving me some idea of what to expect during this part of the journey.
So what happens now for District IV and its personnel? First off, everything is going to be okay, no major changes I can foresee for you at this time. Lt. Kip Rustenburg will be taking over command until a Captain is appointed. Kip is a good person and I have full faith in her ability to lead from the front. Continue to keep her apprised of any situation needing her attention and always strive to make her feel appreciated by doing your best at the job you love.
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. My career is and will be unfulfilled do to this unforeseen decision made today. I am in complete shock due to this decision and I will most likely never have closure because there was no explanation of cause. I will make it though this and with help from my family and friends I will do okay.
I want to thank you all for doing a great job and please keep it up, stay the course and always watch each other's Six. I am sick thinking about how much I will miss going to work each day, hanging out talking about cases or events which have occurred and most of all, I will miss each one of you!
Take care & God Speed SheepDawg's & Crimefighters, until we meet again...
If you want to stay in touch, if not, I fully understand... I'm Out... Peace