David Hendershott Used Position for Financial Gain, Lied to Sheriff Arpaio and Mismanaged Anti-Corruption Unit, Report Concludes

 

Dave Hendershott
From what we've seen so far today, the investigative report on allegations against Dave Hendershott, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's former chief deputy, can be summed up with a cliche:

Hendershott lied, cheated, and stole.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released part of the long-awaited report today, and we just got done examining it in the lobby of Arpaio's downtown Phoenix headquarters.

We were disappointed to see more than half of the about 200 released pages blacked out entirely. Possibly, those pages referred to former deputy chief Larry Black or Captain Joel Fox, both of whom opted to respond to Arpaio regarding some of the accusations against them. Last September, when another of Arpaio's high-ranking deputies cranked out a 63-page memo blasting Hendershott, Black, and Fox, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu hired a private eye to conduct the internal investigation on behalf of Arpaio.

The part of the report we saw today had nothing to do with one of our favorite subjects, the Sheriff's Command Association campaign-finance scandal. But the partial report did find Hendershott responsible for a lot of bad behavior.

 

Hendershott lied:

* In 2007, the offices of Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas teamed up to screw over one of their most tireless critics: Us. You can read the outrageous tale of law enforcement turning on the news media, which resulted in a major mea culpa by Thomas, here and here. Hendershott had told Arpaio that lawyer Dennis Wilenchik had ordered the arrests of New Times execs Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, according to witnesses including Arpaio's spokeswoman, Lisa Allen. Hendershott later signed a sworn affidavit that he'd ordered the arrests personally.

Hendershott cheated:

* In 2000, the chief deputy ordered two commanders to attend a campaign of one of Arpaio's opponents, Jerry Robertson, and secretly videotape the people there. Although the main report didn't sustain this finding, a supplemental report reviewed by New Times states that it appears Hendershott's actions violated a state law prohibiting county employees from using subordinates for political activites.

* In 2004, Hendershott asked deputies Steve Werner and Scott Freeman to attend a retirement party and campaign event for Arpaio's political opponent, Dan Saban, and report back what they heard. At the party, a cop buddy of Saban's announced that Saban had once exposed his penis to a young boy. The buddy later said the incident never happened and that he was joking, but the rumor was passed to Arpaio's office, which opened a criminal investigation into the incident.

Reportedly, Hendershott must have heard about the Saban story -- details of which turned up in the 2008 smear ad against Saban that was funded by the shady SCA account -- from a source other than Werner or Freeman. That's because Werner and Freeman claim that they had decided after the party not to rat out Saban.

Freeman, now a deputy chief, told investigators that after the party, he and Werner decided to swear a "blood oath" not to tell the ribald story about Saban they'd overheard. They were worried it would cause a stink for the department, as had the trumped-up investigation into the allegation that Saban had raped his adoptive mother.

When they reported back to Hendershott that they had nothing to tell him about Saban, Hendershott grew furious, according to Jerry Sheridan, the current acting chief deputy. Sheridan told investigators how recalled Hendershott telling him, "Fuck them" -- meaning Werner and Freeman.

The pair were not going to be among the "trusted, loyal guys," Sheridan said Hendershott told him, and the pair would not "get the windfall of that either."

Got that? Loyal, trusted guys reap a "windfall." A taxpayer-funded one, for sure.

Werner called Hendershott after the Saban party and told him that Arpaio was so "great," that "we don't need to do this black-bag bullshit," according to Sheridan.

"Hendershott proceeded to scream vulgarities at Werner," the report states.

The two deputies were "ostracized" and "black-balled" for about three months.

 * In 1997, Hendershott inflated statistics for a program called "Butt Out," which targeted store clerks who sold cigarettes to minors. Before a news conference about the program, Hendershott "at least tripled" the numbers of reported citations.

 Hendershott stole:

 * In one of the worst rips on Hendershott, Babeu's investigator found that Hendy ripped off $18,000 in posse funds and used them to sponsor a competitive baseball team on which his son played, as well as a week-long trip in Alaska for him and his wife.

"Hendershott's actions were clearly inappropriate," the report states. The misuse of funds "led to personal gain arising from his position at MCSO."

 Hendershott mismanaged:

 * Investigators could find no direct evidence that Hendershott told members of the Maricopa Anti-Corruption Enforcement team would go after anyone strictly for political purposes. However, the unit was run by Hendershott "contrary to sound law enforcement practices and utilization of resources."

Disturbingly, investigators found that Hendershott provided all of the leads and authorized all of the MACE investigations. He also bypassed supervisors on occasion and worked directly with detectives on the cases, which was highly unusual for a guy in his position. That sounds to us like good circumstantial evidence of political shenanigans, given that shenanigans are exactly what happened in the cases of three county supervisors, Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, and other county employees.

Evidence could not be found to sustain several of the allegations in the report, such as the one by Frank Munnell that Hendershott had retaliated against him for cooperating with federal investigators. Hendershott had only considered transferring Munnell because of that cooperation but hadn't actually committed retaliation, the report found.

In another non-sustained finding, no evidence could be found that Hendershott had broken county policies regarding nepotism. However, the report made it clear that about a dozen of Hendershott's friends and relatives have been hired over the years, which just doesn't look good.

We're looking forward to the rest of the report, and plan to write in more detail about the findings.

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Forget to mention one other thing: Hendershott qualifies for another $140,000 in annual pension pay, bringing his total pension income to $203,000, says a report by Channel 5 (KPHO-TV) reporter Lisa Leigh Kelly. That ought to keep him from having to move from his luxury home, unless he finds a nicer one.


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Local Expert
Local Expert

The corruption is bad and these guys should be strung up, but really...who gives a crap.  The real robbery here is the pension for people in these roles.  Holy Crap.  In order for the common slob on the street to retire with this type of pension they would need 3 or 4 Million in the bank.  So, let me get this straight...a cop...retires on a millionaires pension.  Over $200K annually without leaving the house.   Does anyone else care about this?  Jebus...

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

And how many years has the Phoenix New Times been preaching the truth about Arpaio and his incompetence and dysfunction? Does someone have to draw the voters a picture before they stop electing him? How many more dollars do we have to flush down the toilet on lawyers defending this foolishness?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Hey Hendershott -

I know you read these blog comments, so try this one on:

You owe me a favor. When the story about your "retirement" hit on Azcentral, pdfs of your resignation letter and MCSO's response letter to you were linked. In the response letter you received, while it was blacked out, you could clearly read your address because the typed letters and numbers were a darker black than the marker line over it. Knowing that you have made a lot of enemies over the years, I figured you might not appreciate everyone knowing where you live. Since you weren't in a position to order the arrest of the Republic's editors over YOUR address the way you ordered the arrest of Larkin and Lacey over Arpaio's, I did you a random act of kindness and called the news room and told them about it. Within about half an hour, before there was a lot of traffic on the article, they had fixed it. Your secret is safe with me - wink wink!

Here's the favor I want in return: RAT OUT YOUR BOSS TO THE FEDS.

Hugs!

Wherewasi

P.S. I loved your resignation letter - some more of that famous "creative writing" we've heard so much about. Did you come up with all that bullshit praise on your own or did the Shurff help you compose it?

Jason
Jason

Nicely played! That's like having the royal flush of poker.......

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

"We were disappointed to see more than half of the about 200 released pages blacked out entirely. Possibly, those pages referred to former deputy chief Larry Black or Captain Joel Fox, both of whom opted to respond to Arpaio regarding some of the accusations against them."

Fair enough, but I've always wondered who vets the redacters? WHo makes sure that the stuff that is redacted is legally able to be? Whether it is a CIA release, something from the Pentagon, whoever, I just wonder who is impartial enough to decide that what is redacted isn't just at the whim of the people in charge? Methinks that there is no oversight, so what we're doing is taking the word of the people that we don't trust in the first place to tell us that what they haven't shown us isn't damaging to them at all. In other words, we don't just have the foxes guarding the henhouse, they're the ones issuing the press releases about how the henhouse population and egg production are both at historic levels, while the foxes have all become Vegan...

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

You know Sheriff Joke Arpayaso has not let anyone else see that report, Babeu and the investigators have seen it, that's way too many people for his taste, he has it locked up in his personal safe, and now that his lap dog Jaba the Hendy is gone, he himself is his own redacter and paper shredder, with the Feds breathing down everybodies neck down there he doesn't know who to trust anymore, not even his shadow.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

If this was happening in any other county, in any other state, there would be a public outcry for the Clown of the County to resign.

Instead, here the Tea Party asks him to speak at their gathering on the topic of "ethics in government" and "hold officials responsible".

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Exactly, and keep taking away money from schools to keep the hillbillys dumb, wave a few clown flags and that keeps them happy; If this was the LAPD, or NYPD, all of these punks would be shot on site.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Just another day in Hillbilly Heaven.

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mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Does the former reichsmarchall Hendershott have a retirement home in Honouras?

Jason
Jason

Nah. i think it's in China, preferably Beijing.

Ricosuave
Ricosuave

Hendershitts Email on the resignation was-Hendershott.attorney.client@gmail.comit shows through on the rags copy.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Now we see the theft, the MACE UNIT corruption and the rest of the "real" Hendershott.I hope his fucking body explodes as he stresses over all the upcoming depositions he MUST participate in.He has somewhere around 11 LARGE civil lawsuits filed against him, both professionally and naming him personally in many of the cases.This report is going to go a LONG WAY in backing up the claims of those he tried to sniff out.How'd that work for you, fat boy?Sounds to me like you'd better get your checkbook out for some super duper legal fees.Soon your buddy Andrew Thomas and your twin Lisa Aubuchon will lose THEIR law licenses and we'll all have a good laugh at your expense.I wish NOTHING but the worst for all of you. You ALL deserve it.

Not even Shocked!!
Not even Shocked!!

You know what is the worst thing about this entire incident? I am not even shocked. Nothing shocks me in Arizona anymore. I just hope that these "bad apples" continue to be exposed. So who gets to pay the $100 million the MCSO misspent? The property owners in Maricopa County? The Hell We Do! Watch us come out in protest!!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The only surprise is that Joe actually did send him off to suck on the taxpayer nipple of pension.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

That's to keep him fat, happy, and "Quiet". without that sweet deal Jaba would not take the fall and would sing like a bird. A retirement of $200K plus is not just the nipple, that's both breasts of the tax payers. It's not a surprise to me, I saw it comming.

Coz
Coz

What really sucks is all of us that have had our lives damaged in some way or another by these fucking assholes through utter corruption will never be made whole again even after these pricks have admitted to the wrong doings.

So F you Joe, F you Dave, F you Sands, F you McEnweasel, F you Black, F you Miller, in fact, F YOU MCSO.

There will never be any justice done until all these fuckers are in jail where they belong.

Radar Roy Reyer
Radar Roy Reyer

@ NT Staff Can you guys create a poll, here are the questions

1) Will Dave flip on Arpaio2) Will Dave fall on the sword for Arpaio3) Will Dave forfeit his retirement and flee the country

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

He can leave the country, even under indictment, and still collect his pension from Belize or another country without an extradition agreement. Most of them are shitty ones in Africa and Southwest Asia...

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

I pick what's behind window........#2this all seem too orchestrated to me, the "You're Fired! in 2 weeks", I mean who does that? I have never heard anyone get fired with a grace period in which they can submit a resignation, that shows the flaccid fool and Jaba got a plan cooking, but in the back of Joke Arpayaso's mind there is always the thought that Jaba will flip on him, also the Feds are soon to get their hands on the full report, Babeu may be Joke's little buddy but he is a young ambitious man that would not sacrify his entire carrer for the Joker, he will talk to the Feds sooner or later, if he hasn't done it already. and that is what keeps the flaccid fool "sleepless in Phoenix".

Mistalee
Mistalee

4). Will Dave suck a pistol5). Will Dave head for the Heart Attack Grille and eat himself to death before trial?6). Or will stress plus morbid obesity give him a fatal heart attack or stroke before trial?

I hope he lives long enough to snitch on ArPayaso. That's all.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Just long enough for him to roll on Joe...then let him have the event that gets us out of his undeserved pensions.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Roy, if you haven't already been interviewed I can see it happening down the road. Babeu and the Flaccid Fool are going to try to convince the public that FF was without knowledge of any of the wrongdoings and corruption within MCSO. They are going to try to publicly absolve the old fool of any knowledge, even though he certainly has vicarious responsiblity. I seem to recall a story that someone many years ago tried to make the FF aware of the issues and the FF threw a fit and stomped on the documentation...

Coz
Coz

I have a tape of a conversation of Arpaio talking to Sands and to Rich Burden about what was going on when they were going after Tom Bearup and myself.

It's clear as well who was leading this bullshit on the tape and who was calling the shots.

It was totally Bozo Joe Arpaio.

Jason
Jason

You should testify before the federal GJ Coz. You'd be doing us all a favor and helping us rid ourselves of the Flaccid Fool & Co. Besides, it will be bittersweet to see the Old Fool doing the perp-walk..........And it'll be on film.......

Radar Roy Reyer
Radar Roy Reyer

I was interviewed in October of last year...

I assume what I had to say is in the "blackened" areas of this report

And yes, Arpaio called me a liar infront of Jadel Roe.

Then also took my memo, threw it on the ground at a subsequent posse meeting and stomped on it. This is documented in Munnell's memo

All this shit that you're reading now today that Arpaio denies any knowledge of is total BS!

When I was in charge of the YAF Hendershott asked me to make a presentation about funding his Alaska Baseball trip. Kush who was on the board then was initially against it. Don't know what caused them to change their mind after I was booted out.

Also all the shit that went down regarding the 1st Christmas Mall Patrol that Battaliana, Godbehere, Carnahan and I supervised; examples1)The second week into the mall patrol Nightline came out to do a segment. That night we only had 7 people (all deputies) for all the malls in the county. So Hendershott directed us to leap frog infront of them to put on a show. 1st at Valley West, then Metrocenter, then Scottsdale Fashion Square. At each location we put another deputy to contact Joe, Hendershott and Bearup who were with the press.2)Each night when the stats came in they were given to either myself or Carnahan. We made a recap and gave them to Hendershott. The numbers were all inflated and we were told to shred the original stat sheets. Carnahan kept copies and took them home with him each night incase a investigation ever came up3)After the mall patrol Carnahan and I were tasked with the accounting of the project. I recall one line item was the rental of the radios used by the posseman. This figure was inflated by Hendershott and his reasoning was that the governors office would reimburse the Sheriff’s Office for expenses.

Battaliana and I spoke with the Sheriff the same night the Nightline crew was out concerning Hendershott and his remark “I don’t care what Hendershott does as long as he gets me the media”

Then there were the drunk possemen at the training, the treasure of a posse that had a felony warrant for embezzlement, the Litchfield Park posseman that was driving around stolen car with Sheriff’s markings plastered all over it.

What became of all this?

Not a fucking thing other then Batman’s, John W. and my career being trashed and being called a disgruntled employees.

There were plenty of opportunities for Arpaio to wake up and smell the coffee and see that Hendershott was keeping him in the dark;

My memo, the news reports, and all the other employees who also had balls who exposed Hendershott for what he was.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

Tommy , and Roy what i am wondering , is if the feds wanted the report . they would have wanted teh full report, and not a blacked bunch of pages . if the JoKKKe released the blacked out pages to the media , and maybe keptthe report untouched for the feds ,, however if he blacked out alot of originals , andthe feds gets handed a bunch of blackened pages, could that lead to any further charges by the feds ??

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

absolutely, if the flaccid fool gives the Feds a black out report that can bring charges of indering a Federal investigation, the fool's best course of action would be to deny the release claiming some bullshit civil rights law to protect the accused, that will trigger another lawsuit by the Feds which can take months/years but eventually the Feds get their report, the only thing the flaccid fool can do is buy time.

Radar Roy Reyer
Radar Roy Reyer

Tommy, I retired in 96, but can only speak about what I knew was office policy then. You are correct, the employee would not get to have a copy of the investigation.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

ok thanks Tommy i was kinda worried the fool would be so ignorant that he sends to the feds a totaly blacked out report , but guess he is not even that stupid to do so .but the fool cannot be totaly free from the MACE corruptions eitehr , as it was he and candy Andy who pulled the press releases

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

They could only legally black out the portions that were going to be released to the public. If the feds subpoenaed a copy they would expect to get the entire report, without anything redacted. Ostensibly the blacked out portions had something to do with someone who has not yet been disciplined, so he or she will have time to prepare a defense, should discipline actually happen.... which makes no sense at all. Normally the employee against whom charges have been sustained is not allowed to see or have a copy of the internal investigation until which time discipline has been enacted and the employee chooses to appeal such action. I hope that clears it up a bit, Denise... Roy may have a different perspective based on his knowledge of MCSO policy.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

what about adding , " all the above " ?

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

i think he will drop a few dimes on the floor on JoKKKe , then shut up , and flee the nation .

Mistalee
Mistalee

ArPayaso may try to have Dave offed if he shows signs of flipping.

Don't discount the possibility. ArPayaso is desperate, ruthless and unprincipled.

just me again
just me again

Hendershott is good friends with Tom Ryff, Tempe Police Chief......I wonder if they have had lunch together recently?

Ricosuave
Ricosuave

It's a good thing there is no statute of limitations on the misuse of public funds. By the time the fickle FEDs do something about this fucktard and Hendershit, 2012 election will be over with. again I say they will do NOTHING, just like Fucktardpaio says in the news everyday.

Rogersusieq
Rogersusieq

hendershott if your reading this your a dirt bag and a very evil man

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Roger, come on, I'm sure you are probably a very respectable man that minds his manners, so I will repeat what you really had in mind the Military way, that's right in Military language:

hendershott if you are reading this, fuck you, you obese piece of shit, you are a fucking thief, a liar, and nothing more than corrupt punk, you and that piece of shit imbecil Sheriff, fuck you both, you motherfuckers are going to die soon, when you do I will piss on your fucking graves, and if you decide to cremate your sorry remains I will fill a bottle of piss and pour it on your sorry excuse for a body in the casquet during your fucking service, in front of your fucking family!

Ahhh, now that feels much better, dont you feel better Roger?

Gizzards
Gizzards

USW...I have a Urinary Respone Team available to assist in your quest, 20 Deputies and 40 D.O's. and all will be in uniform for the tribute...Drinks at Dillons after the event (T-Bird &101.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

You're on Buddy, Coz and I could use the backup. LOL.

Coz
Coz

get in line :-)

>>I will piss on your fucking graves

HendysMom
HendysMom

Hendershott, I will shit on your grave.

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