Joe Arpaio Fires Dave Hendershott and Larry Black; Sheriff's Key Aides Accused of Crimes and Misconduct

David Hendershott, above, and Larry Black were fired from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office today.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fired two of his most trusted aides today, Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott and Deputy Chief Larry Black, both of whom have been accused of crimes and misconduct.

Arpaio told the Arizona Republic in 2009 that no one could make him drive Hendershott from office, but the 1,022-page investigative report into allegations by another deputy chief, Frank Munnell, apparently made him change his mind.

Besides that report, Hendershott and Black figured prominently in another investigative report of the SCA case, released last month by the state Attorney General's office that concerns alleged campaign crimes. New Times has covered the disturbing findings in the latter report over the last several weeks, and most recently in last week's cover story, Love Connection. The headline referred to letters sent between Black and Captain Joel Fox, in which the men expressed "love" for each other.

The portly chief deputy is implicated in a raft of other crimes and policy violations. The AG Office's SCA report alludes to evidence uncovered that Hendershott asked a cell-phone representative to destroy evidence of potential campaign crimes, and asked a Verizon rep to "write a false document that indicated no bad credit with Verizon in order to facilitate the financing for his home."

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Larry Black

Hendershott's also has been recently accused of trading favors for a wealthy friend of Arpaio's, Steve Ellman, who was a big contributor to the secret slush fund Black and Fox called the SCA account. Yet another AG's office report released this week quotes a former deputy who claims Hendershott ripped off $10,000 in county funds.

The state investigations, started under former state AG Terry Goddard, didn't result in indictments, but the cases remain alive after they were deferred to the U.S. Attorney's Office by current AG Tom Horne.

The termination of Hendershott ends his long, controversial, and financially prosperous career at the Sheriff's Office. After starting with the agency in 1978, Hendershott became a favorite of Arpaio's following the sheriff's election in 1992. From 1996 to 1999, Hendershott's salary doubled, from about $60,000 to $120,000. In 1999, Arpaio allowed Hendershott to quit, begin collecting a pension of $51,000 annually, then get rehired to his same position at the same $120,000 salary. The double-dip caused a firestorm back then, but such things have since become the norm.

Four years ago, Larry Black took a $386,000 one-time pension payment, retired, and was rehired as one of Arpaio's top aides. Deputies interviewed by the AG's office reported that Hendershott and Black made up Arpaio's "inner, inner circle."

As Arpaio's right-hand man, Hendershott was behind some of the office's most diabolical stunts over the years, including the targeting of political enemies with half-baked criminal investigations. He claimed to have ordered the arrests of New Times executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in a blatant attack on the newspaper, which has dogged him and the sheriff for years.

Hendershott worked with Arpaio to fight alleged and poorly evidenced "corruption" among county officials he didn't like, all the while -- according to the SCA report -- scheming with Black to intentionally commit corruption of his own by violating campaign laws.

A poor money manager, Hendershott seems to have squandered his hefty salary; he lost his half-million-dollar home last year in a foreclosure proceeding.

Now Hendershott's jobless, apparently needs money, and possibly soon will be indicted.

Time will tell whether Joe's washing his hands of Hendy will cause him to rat out any provable crimes by his old boss to the feds.

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Powell Gammill
Powell Gammill

Keep kicking this dog. The Phoenix New Times has been the only news source consistently going after the MCSO's corrupt, brutal and unconstitutional policies and practices for years. Now that some of MCSO is coming down I hope your publication gets the credit, and I hope your owners don't puss out like they did when they were kidnapped and held in a cell.

Dist6chair
Dist6chair

Tom Bearup, the former chief exec of the Sheriffs office, tried to tell Joe this was going on, more then 10 years ago. It's about time. Joe will be next. He is as guilty as these two and then some.

Hey Roy, how ya doing.

Tom Bearup
Tom Bearup

I personally told Joe about Hendershott and his actions with the missing pink short money as well as his problems with gambling, the posse foundation funds as well as many other things but Joe told me that he would have me walking a beat in Gila Bend if I didn't tell him who told me about what was going on. He told me that I was not allowed to go on the street where community services and Dave Hendershott worked, nor was I allowed to talk with anyone about any of those things. I advised Arpaio personal several times about the issues with Hendershott and his ability to lie about things that were going on. Joe admitted that he knew that Hendershott lied 50% of the time and I asked Joe which 50% did he believe. For standing up to Joe and company I have a son on Arizona's Death Row, and had to move my family from the state and city that I love and was born in, to Alaska for their safety. I have always believed that this time would come and I told Joe that Hendershott would be his downfall. Wait until it is time for Hendershott to go to jail or make a deal. Guess where that is going to go? As I have told other reporters, there is nothing that goes on at the Sheriff's Office that Joe does not know about! No one would dare to do something major without him knowing and approving it. Someday my son will be free and the truth will come out in the open just as we are finding out more of the behind the scenes and antics of Hendershott and his friends. It is long past time for Joe to Go so continue to go forward with the investigations and the world will know just how bad it is in the MCSO! After saying that I want people to also know that there are many honorable men and women that serve their community fighting crime within the sheriff's office so don't blame them for the criminal behavior of the leadership. The time is coming and just as Hendershott and Black have gone, so will Joe!

XSoldier
XSoldier

Give Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Hernandez a call at (602) 514-7500. She's the one assigned to the federal GJ. Ask her if you can testify. Tell her you worked for the MCSO and personally witnessed the Flaccid Fool and Henderblimp's corruption and can provide useful information.

Speaking of, she's also been cross-deputized as a deputy Maricopa County Attorney to prosecute state crimes the MCSO shurf and Blimpie committed. I wonder what she's found.......

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Have you been involved or are you a witness in the several investigations underway Tom?

XSoldier
XSoldier

Mr. Bearup was one of Joe's top aides. So, more than likely, he witnessed a lot of shit during his time at MCSO and/or is/was a witness to the investigations currently underway.

My questions are: Mr. Bearup said said that nothing happens without the Flaccid Fool knowing about it and approving it. Does that include running his election campaigns and the misspending of jail money? Also, has/will Mr. Bearup testified/testify before the federal GJ about his time at MCSO and the shit he witnessed? Further, will Mr. Bearup join us for the celebration when the Senile Spinster gets indicted and perp-walked?

Coz
Coz

Tom is a good man and if asked to testify, he will for sure.

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Chuckfarley
Chuckfarley

If Babeu used the same civilian investigator as he did in his own dapartmental IAs It is understandable that the report would clear Arpiao

Chuckfarley
Chuckfarley

OK, I'm watching Babue and the investigation on TV 10 now. I'll bet the Deputies in Pinal will be just as glad when its Babeu's turn to be investigated. It is believed that he continues to tap out his own department funds and will cost the county unbeleivable amounts in suits for wrongful terminations alone.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

XS, I saw Babeu on Fox and later on KPHO, channel 5. Same shit, different day. I will give him this much, he is charismatic and he actually listens and formulates his answers, unlike his mentor the MCSO shurf, who simply spews incessantly, "I'm not going to talk about that today, and I don't know anything about that one guy Adrian Cruz, either. He almost killed a couple of my depatys the other day (over two years ago). Anyway, it's all about them illegals. This is why I am the only one in the world arresting them"...

Mr. Babeau, about that shootout you were anticipating?

I thought it interesting that Babeu seemed to be referencing many of the comments seen on this blog site....

I think, in his offhand way, he is starting to give us credit.

What is Louie Puroll up to these days? I think he might go into business with big Dave making fictional movies about shootouts in the desert, directed by Mr. Babeu. Joe can sell hot dogs and cold water in the background as he mumbles to passersby, "hey, don't pay attention to the movie makers, look over here. I will tell you about the time I had a shootout with Elvis, and then there was the time I took down the New York mafia, with just two bullets and my nickle bag"....

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I think it will be a happy day when Arpaio gets to meet Elvis again. Not advocating anything, but he is getting old and seemed really enamored with Elvis in his book. Wait, he did not write that or even read it. Maybe his co-author arrested Elvis?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

In his next auto-biography, written after he is long gone and buried, he will claim to have been the twin brother from another mother, of Elvis. What's just one more lie in a string so many miles long?

About that corn coming from drop houses....

XSoldier
XSoldier

LOL! Even at age 76, Elvis would still beat the shit outta Joe. Funny you said that, Elvis is playing right now....

Buffoon is alot smarter than he appears when he disassociates himself from the MCSO shurf. BTW, I developed the "Sheriff Paul" thing. That's copyrighted Paul. He, unlike his hero, the MCSO shurf, at least hasn't gotten his county sued at least 10,000 times.

Also, checked out arpaio.com. Good site. Who knew that Joe was the defendant in 1500 lawsuits? BTW, between 2004-2007, Joe was the defendant in over 2200 lawsuits.

I saw Puroll the other day. Buffoon hired him back because he had his Pinal County Sheriff's Office uniform on. He was at the QuikTrip at Crismon/Southern in Mesa, about 2 miles from Pinal County.

Who knows if Buffoon comes to this site to read the stories and the comments? He's more than welcome to leave his comments though......

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

A couple thoughts before coffee kicks in: (1) Arpaio is not teflon. He is running scared and fired Hendershott and Black ONLY to try to cover his ass and save some votes, should he ever get to another election process, which is less than likely these days. (2) Babeu referred to himself as "Sheriff Paul". How cute is that? I have referred to him as Sheriff Joe Paul. He is still defending the MCSO shurf, even though he has been germane to all all the corruption and crime he has seen committed by the shurf and his staff of miscreants.

By the way, where are all the supporters now who say nothing is going to happen? It has started, you weasels, and it won't be over until the Flaccid Fool has fallen.

"Dave, why the long face today?".

"I got fired on Friday and started calling around and trying to talk to all the people who 'owe' me for keeping them out of jail and stuff. Most of them just hung up on me, but the guy over at the senate had his secretary make an appointment with me next January, if he's still in office. I can't figure it out. Almost forty years of some of the best lying, stealing, manipulating, conniving behavior a person with a badge could do. And they leave me hanging, just when I need the money the worst. What am I supposed to do? Learn Spanish and flee south to someplace like, like, like Honduras?"

By the way, I will be sending an email thanking Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk for her part in getting rid of Hendershott. If she hadn't exercised ethics and morality who knows how much longer this would all have gone on.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

This is like a Jenga game. Every block that Hendershott built into his tower is close to critical. Each time one is knocked loose, the tower wobbles. Soon, the critical block will drop the whole tower.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Provide me Sheila Polk's e-mail address too. I want to send her a thank you as well. She studies the Nazis and the Holocaust, and then compared the Nazis to the Flaccid Fool and Candy Ass Thomas. She deserves a round of applause for her help in helping us rid ourselves of the Flaccid Fool and Candy Ass Thomas.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

ycao@co.yavapai.az.us

It will be routed to Ms. Polk if you address the text to her, personally.

It would be really nice if everyone here could send her a thank you note. She has been HIGHLY instrumental in the Hendershott stuff, as well as the disbarment proceedings of Thomas and Aubuchon....

And, get this, she is apparently a Republican with ethics...

XSoldier
XSoldier

Thanks Tommy. I just sent Ms. Polk an e-mail expressing gratitude for all that she's done for us little people of Nazicopa County. Hopefully she responds...... Yes, I think Robert Robb mentioned that Polk is Republican. So is Gila CA Daisy Flores, who is currently reviewing the Stapley 2 "case".

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I was ecstatic on Friday but for some reason I still feel bad for them. I just hope the public realizes that there is no reason Arpaio was not involved. Its so funny how on Friday's news nutjob Paul Babeau kept repeating that this investigation was done for the people and Joe had nothing to do with it. I guess they really do think that we the people are dumb enough to think that. All he kept saying is people need to understand that "my Daddy" Joe had nothing to do with this. Fuck YOu BAbeu!! He was the mastermind of this whole scheme and now he will pay. I bet Hendy is already making deals with the Feds..As the world turns in Phoenix!!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

At the absolute least, Arpaio is guilty of fiduciary violations by not managing the MCSO that voters trusted to him. If he is the elected Sheriff and if he is the final decider of things, then it was on his watch that $100 M was misspent. It was on his watch that he personally ignored Hendershott warnings repeatedly instead of investigating them. Arpaio could have stopped this train long before it was approaching the edge of the cliff. Arpaio CHOSE to ignore the building calamity, even when told about it time after time after time.

This makes Arpaio complicit in this crime, just as a cop would be guilty for looking the other way while a friend commits a crime. Arpaio has been negligent in his duties as elected Sheriff.

Just a minimum. This guy has very dirty hands.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Well said. Buffoon claimed on Fox News (where else would you see him these days?) that the Senile Spinster (Joe) would be even stronger with the report stemming from the Munnell Memo.

It was done for the people?! Bullshit Paul. THE PEOPLE of Nazicopa County want to know what you found in regards to the Henderblimp, Lackey Blackie, and Fox. THE PEOPLE are the ones paying you for it. Naturally you are covering for the Senile Spinster.

"I guess they really do think that we the people are dumb enough to think that."

You took the words right outta my mouth on this one. Of course the Flaccid Fool had something to do with it. Gleason's report even states that the Old Fool was responsible for charging Judge Donahoe.

And you are presumably correct about the Pillsbury Doughboy (Hendy) making deals with the feds and the state in which Blimpie gets a moderate sentence coupled with his choice of federal prisons, while giving the feds and state enough shit on the MCSO shurf to trigger an avalanche and bury his senile old ass. BTW, wonder what kind of shit Black is gonna give the feds? Fox was already caught with his hands in the cookie jar with the fact that he was looking at child porn on his MCSO registered computer so any deals he had with the feds and state are presumably negated.

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Concerned (Sad) Citizen
Concerned (Sad) Citizen

Police and Prosecutors around here will never prosecute their own. These clowns will walk, free and rich...

Bearone2
Bearone2

to be fired with 2 weeks notice will give sheriff joe time to orchestrate andother golden parachute for both.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Arizona's justice system has to be restored after the untold damage done by Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander reign of terror on the community, county and state -- those in law enforcement who were their enablers all share the blame for a shameful chapter in Arizona's history. The single-issue "illegal immigration" has been used as a distraction to cover-up the decades of corruption by those who have controlled the one-party state.

BaggerBasher
BaggerBasher

The state investigations, started under former state AG Terry Goddard, didn't result in indictments, but the cases remain alive after they were deferred to the U.S. Attorney's Office by current AG Tom Horne.

Yeah, like Horne is going to do anything. Goddard turned out to be a gutless little #$%&!

Coz
Coz

...and so is Horn.

Coz
Coz

Noticed I left off the e since all he is...is another mouth that plays what people want to hear but is still a gutless parasite that will tow the party line.

BaggerBasher
BaggerBasher

Agreed. If anything is going to happen, it will have to be done by the DOJ. Of course, the way Obama caves, it might be a long time coming.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Agreed. Horn hasn't picked up a single case since he was sworn in. What good is the AG's Office if the AG will constantly cry conflict of interest?

César Ibarra
César Ibarra

That is a real Good Friday....Which SOB is next ? The maniac Arpaio ? I remember when in a press conference where the (a lady news reporter for channel 15), she stop short to ask him what kind of lotion he use.....also, in the same event a SOB lady Arpaio's assistant, made a sign with his face to a stupid animal with a gun, to ask me to leave the place, and actually pushing me gently, while a bunch of animals in horse, get close to us, rounding me in a show of enanism force.....I am glad that "this thing" Hendershot is out.......Now, I would like to greet him one day.....

Gerry-c
Gerry-c

The only downside is that hendershott has no wages to garnish. But you can't have everything.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Actually, Henderblimp, Fox, and Black have collected salary while on administrative leave. They got around $150K. Blimpie and Black no longer have wages to garnish, but Fox does.......

retch
retch

Henderswine will turn on his old jefe like a shark eating its own guts. This is gonna get really interesting Folks. Sad thing is, people around here will still vote for the moron. Most people here don't see the big picture. He feeds the minions a steady diet of fear and blame. You can fool some of the people, some of the time... in Maricopa County, thats enough obviously.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

So, MCSO.org - press release - says NOTHING about the firings. ZIP! Says NOTHING about the $99m MCSO illegal spent. Says NOTHING about the 1000 page report, says NOTHING about how Joker craps himself each time he's being called out in that 1000 page report.

And Joker's last tweet was about how someone wanted his endorsement!

wherewasi
wherewasi

Well, no, but atleast we can pick which of the mentally ill people Arpaio is bullying takes the best photo...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think that web site is the MCSO idea of transparency... but you will notice that in every public appearance when he is asked about any of those issues the Old Bastard always says, "I am going to talk about...."... which is why he ALWAYS agrees to have any interviews in his office or the admin offices at the Wells Fargo Tower. That way he can have people removed when he is offended... He may be truly mentally ill, but the man is not stupid....

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

wups, I meant, "I am NOT going to talk about...."...

Gerry-C
Gerry-C

Sounds like Joe is stuuggling to stay relevant.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Maybe on the front page of the new MCSO website the scrolling video should include a "We told you about this long ago" from arpaio.com, and the "mugshot of the day" should be Henderblimp at an "all you can eat" buffet, or a nice shot of the Fox/Black wedding....

XSoldier
XSoldier

Did you see the hilarious picture of the Flaccid Fool posing in a mugshot in the Arizona Republic in today's Valley & State? That'll be the "mugshot of the millennium"!

XSoldier
XSoldier

@Tina:

I have a Benson cartoon depicting the Flaccid Fool and all his lard giving a news conference asking if the people being arrested were illegals and Joe says "No. Federal grand jurors investigating me for abuse of power."

I also have one that came out around the time the Gleason report was released. It features Candy Ass Thomas and he's holding the report claiming "I'm being persecuted! This PROVES that Maricopa County government is CORRUPT!" Then it features a sign around Thomas' neck stating "exhibit A".

But that Mugshot of the day one takes the cake though.

Tina
Tina

Yes, and I clipped it. Those front and profile mug shots of our infamous sheriff were a perfect likeness, and so very timely. One of Benson's finest.

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