Joe Arpaio Admits He Made Mistakes in Dealing With Now-Fired Top Deputy; Munnell Memo Report Released Without Conclusions

 

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: "Read the report."
​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said today that he "made mistakes" in dealing with his top aide, former Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott.

In an intentionally brief news conference today, Arpaio read from a prepared statement and took questions from reporters. But he didn't really say much.

Arpaio refused to discuss anything about the SCA scandal. And although he admits he let Hendershott go because some of the allegations of misconduct against him had been sustained in an internal review, Arpaio steadfastly refused to specify a single thing he thought Hendershott had done wrong.

"Read the report," Arpaio told us, in response to our question about that, referring to the 1,022-page report on the so-called Munnell Memo released today.

 

  

But we've finished flipping through that report, and it contains no conclusions on the allegations. The conclusions are detailed in three separate reports about the investigation's key figures -- Hendershott, former Deputy Chief Larry Black and Captain Joel Fox -- according to the big report's first couple of pages. A deputy at Arpaio's downtown Phoenix headquarters told us he wasn't sure when those separate reports would be released.

Tomorrow, we'll start going through the 1,022-page report with a fine-toothed comb and let you know all the highlights.

Arpaio also announced that Deputy Chief Jerry Sheridan would now be his chief deputy, and that he was bringing in an outside consultant to help the office with disciplinary issues in order to avoid problems in the future.

Now we're off to Sheriff Paul Babeu's news conference at the State Capitol. We'll let you know what Babeu, who conducted the internal review of Hendershott and the others on behalf of Arpaio, has to say.

 

UPDATE: Read our coverage of Babeu's statements to the press.

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vic
vic

That Sgt Shultz, "I know nothing" character has been off TV for years. Seems Joe isgoing to model himself after Shultz now. Give it up Joe and retire.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Look's like Rpiehole's only two positions are; I didn't know nuthin' ( he's incompetent), or, I knew about it and SO WHAT! ( He's corrupt)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Which reporter asked if he was planning to resign today? There was a mention of how that pissed off Joke on another report I read....

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

GGmake and what is he going to do atout them?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

not sure what happened?

I meant:

What mistakes did ole strethcy scrotum make and what is he going to do about them?

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

What's he going to do about them? Spin faster than the event horizon around a black hole.

Jason
Jason

The MCSO shurf actually admitting a mistake. I never thought I'd see the day when that would happen. I wonder why he released the report when I thought he wanted to give each of his now-terminated employees a chance to review it. They must have agreed with Shurf Buffoon........

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

He released it due to a court hearing today where Joke lost, as the report was public records....

david saint
david saint

lol arpaio had more spin on this than an army of washing machines. Either that or he is naive enough to think that the "i was in the dark the whole time, i swear" routine will actually work. Funny though, just 2 years ago he was stating "the buck stops with me". Either he was lying then, or lying now. Regardless, he just admitted he has no control over his employees, while saying he can control the 6th largest county in the US..yes, that screams "I know what im doing, vote for me!". lol. Time for Joe to G-O!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Just a week or so ago he was telling the Tea Party jackwagons to hold his feet to the fire. Seems he might have purchased some asbestos boots with county money...

So, they released the report without the conclusions. This leads me to believe he is not planning any further 'discipline', including Mr. Fox or any others who might have 'disappointed' him by letting him down and performing scurrilous activities without his knowledge.

Gag me, really.

Just how stupid does he believe the majority of voters in Maricopa County to be?

When, if EVER, will the Board of Supervisors step in and DEMAND a copy of the ENTIRE report, and DEMAND DISCIPLINARY action on all those involved and sustained?

The BOS is currently chaired by Mr. Kunasek.

Jason
Jason

"Just how stupid does he believe the majority of voters in Maricopa County to be?"

Apparently stupid enough that he's running for a 6th term in 2012. The voters who aren't as dumb as a bag of bricks won't vote for him. The ones who are as dumb as a bag of bricks will vote for him.

Joe's a fucking criminal. If anything, Hendershott now needs to roll on the MCSO shurf. Hendy is in the best position to do so. He reported directly to the Senile Spinster. The amount of shit he has on the Flaccid Fool could clog a fucking toilet.....

Hey Joe, Massachusetts called. Don't try closing up shop and heading there. (Joe is from Springfield, MA). You'll be rounded up by the state police and shipped back here to face the music. Count on me being there Joe. You sent 7 deputies to try and arrest me for being overtired while I was driving. I have your perp-walk song all picked out Joe. You might remember who sings the song, given that you once stopped him in Nevada...............

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Tomorrow, we'll start going through the 1,022-page report with a fine toothcomb"

Really? What's a "toothcomb," Ray? I brush my teeth; Do you comb yours?

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Whoops. Fixed that. Meant fine-toothed comb, obviously. I hope this means I got all of my stupid out for today.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It may be used to comb off the 'hair of the dog that bit you', if you're familiar with that phrase...

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