Paul Babeu: Joe Arpaio Knew Nothing About Misconduct Involving Top Deputies, But Allowed Bad Behavior to "Evolve"

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he knew nothing about the misconduct of his top aides -- and Pinal County Paul Babeu (above) believes him.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said today that he's convinced his Maricopa counterpart, Joe Arpaio, knew absolutely nothing about the misconduct of his top deputies.

Babeu, speaking at a news conference at the state Capitol, said the investigation his office conducted on Arpaio's commanders proved numerous, serious instances of misconduct and ethical violations. Arpaio's office today released part of a long-awaited report on the investigation, though it turned out the 1,022-page document didn't contain the investigators' conclusions.

Last week, the office released part of the conclusions about Hendershott. As we mentioned in our blog post about that release, the investigation concluded that Arpaio's now-fired chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, among many other things, tried to bully underlings into spying on Arpaio's political opponents and once spent $18,000 in posse money on his kid's baseball team and a family trip to Alaska. 

Yet Arpaio had no idea what was going on under his nose, according to the Pinal County sheriff. The reason, Babeu said, was because Arpaio had allowed himself to be insulated by his former chief deputy.

"This is a case of the gatekeepers becoming too powerful," Babeu said. "[Arpaio] only gets the information that's filtered through Hendershott."

In some cases, some of Arpaio's commanders went directly to Arpaio with complaints about Hendershott. But Arpaio trusted his chief deputy so much, Babeu explained, that he believed Hendershott's excuses and explanations.

"The sheriff always had conflicting information," Babeu said. "I believe he was deceived."

It's an interesting theory, but not one that we're buying. 

In an earlier news conference today, Arpaio admitted he "made mistakes," was too trusting of his top aides and was "overly tolerant" of Hendershott's gruff style, which his staff members perceived as intimidating. He's bringing in an outside consulting firm to help make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

But remember -- Arpaio plans on running for re-election next year. No doubt, he figures that if he plays his cards right, fires a couple of people, sticks to the story that he knew nothing, and keeps arresting illegal immigrants, his supporters will still love him.

Plus, possible criminal indictments await Arpaio's former top men, especially in regard to the campaign-finance scandal known as the SCA, which we covered last month in an in-depth article. It makes sense that Arpaio, a highly skilled politician who's won five elections, would deny he knew of wrongdoing on the part of his commanders. 

Babeu, of course, is a highly ambitious politician in his own right. He never made Arpaio a target of the investigation, and he was careful not to criticize Arpaio too much in today's news conference.

Our theory: Follow the money. Arpaio's got a gravy train of political contributions and can pull in money from supporters nationwide. He frequently uses this power to prop up the politicians he likes. Babeu had an incentive to not run roughshod over Arpaio, because Arpaio might get pissed at him and ask people to support whoever runs against Babeu.

That being said, the six-month investigation into the allegations by one of Arpaio's deputy chiefs, Frank Munnell, was certainly thorough in its examination of Hendershott, now-fired Deputy Chief Larry Black and Captain Joel Fox. We'll continue to look into the many hundreds of pages of documents expected to be released over the coming days.

Upon questioning from the news media, Babeu admitted he wouldn't have run his office like Arpaio did, that Arpaio "allowed" these dynamics to evolve to this degree, and that "common sense" would dictate that Arpaio should have looked more into allegations about his top aides, he said.

The latter statement touches on our most serious doubts about this "I-knew-nothing" stance of Arpaio's. An ethical, rational leader would have explored the allegations of favoritism and possible crimes, rumors of which Arpaio almost certainly would have heard.

For example, in the secret recording made by Munnell of a 2009 staff meeting, Arpaio knows that his top aide and a member of his trusted "inner circle," Black, is having a serious dispute with Munnell over the SCA (or Sheriff's Command Association) money, a slush fund of contributions by his top deputies and wealthy friends or supporters of Arpaio. A New Times article about the SCA scandal, which Arpaio surely read, had just been published, and the deputies were arguing about it. Munnell was ticked because the article mentioned how he had donated to the fund and was now getting asked about it by criminal investigators.

The secret recording reveals a seemingly intentional ignoring of the situation by Arpaio. Here's an excerpt from our March 25 blog post on the recording:


When Munnell tells him he was talking about that "stupid fund thing," Arpaio responds curtly.

"You didn't donate to me," Arpaio says.

Munnell says the donation was to "support" Arpaio.

"That's bullshit," says Arpaio. "I don't know nothing about this shit. We having a staff meeting?"


And here's an excerpt from our April blog post about the SCA investigative report released by the state Attorney General's Office, which also seems to imply Arpaio must have known something:

In the months before the election, Hendershott took "weeks" off from work to focus on Arpaio's campaign, which he considered "God's work," according to retired Maricopa Captain Jim Miller, who was interviewed by the FBI.

Miller told investigators that, before the anti-Saban ad was run, Black spent a great deal of time working on it in Arpaio's 19th-floor "video room."

Miller also confessed that it was "common talk/knowledge" around the office that the shady SCA fund "was the method used to 'fund the hit piece on Saban,'" the report states.


If it was common knowledge, then Arpaio had heard the rumor, too -- and did nothing about it. One theory -- Babeu's -- is that he was too trusting of his staff. But maybe Arpaio did nothing about the rumor of shady campaign work because he felt it would benefit him.

We asked Arpaio today why he didn't immediately order an internal investigation into Fox's activities when the news about the SCA fund first broke back in October of 2008. His face grew stiff, and he said he would make no comment about the SCA.

We also wonder whether Arpaio was complicit in allowing Hendershott to take "weeks" off work before the election to work on his campaign. Possibly Hendershott saved up his vacation time all year so he could dedicate it to his boss. But we also know Hendershott liked to go on vacations. Arpaio should reveal to the public what he knows of Hendershott's work on his campaign, and whether county resources (such as the chief deputy's time) were abused.

It's unclear what else Arpaio will say about the Munnell Memo investigation, if anything. He's, you know -- moving on.



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Chuckfarley
Chuckfarley

I heard Babeu also believes in fairies and elves 

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

We paid for this report. I think the County BoS should questoin Babeu about the investigation.

Tina
Tina

I see Joel Fox never answered my question. Again, what or who is the source of your information that Sheriff Arpaio "didn't know anything about SCA"?Flag

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The scope of Babeu's investigation was not Arpaio, If Babeu can say that he (they) found no evidence that Arpaio knew anything, my question is "How hard did you look?"

matt gordon
matt gordon

One might wonder how much more like a sociopath Arpaio could appear. He must have lost his conscience and empathy long ago. It's a shame when someone abuses the public's trust and taxpayer's money so shamelessly while wrapping himself in a flag and wearing a badge.

Jason
Jason

Joel:

Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan ADMITTED to the Board of Supervisors that $99.5 million was misspent, even though he had previously stated that the figure was inflated to make Arpaio appear to be a poor manager. Once again taxpayers have to clean up after the Senile Old Fool.

Note to Sheridan: Arpaio IS a poor manager!!!!!!!! Look at his ATROCIOUS track record!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some issues huh? How about fraudulently obtaining elections? (SCA) Misspending VOTER-APPROVED money for "corruption" cases that NEVER panned out? (MACE) Charging a judge with felonies despite no evidence and solely because the judge held a detention officer in contempt of court? (Stoddard/Donahoe) Trying to obtain search warrants with NO probable cause? (bug sweeps in the BOS offices) Writing warrants with false and misleading information to seize computers (Conley Wolfswinkel, who has a $10 million lawsuit against Joe & Co.) How about Joe's deputies arresting people who DISAGREED with him?! (Stapley) How about serving the 50,000 open, unserved felony warrants in this county?

Seems to me that there are A LOT of issues within the MCSO's commanders, and it goes straight to the top. I could go on and on. The entire office needs to be overhauled Joel, with bad, disgraceful, and flat-out corrupt officers booted. You seem to forget that you, along with all the commanders at MCSO, work directly for the taxpayer. We hold you to a high standard and we expect disciplined, honest, professional and ethical police. We are not getting that through the MCSO, save for the few professionals there who actually do care about the job, badge, and uniform. Those people, the true professionals, have actually earned their meager salary.

Tina
Tina

Arpaio is going to have a difficult time convincing anyone that he had no knowledge of that unlawful and secretive SCA Fund for his 2008 re-election campaign. No wonder he would offer no comment about it to Ray Stern when Stern inquired about it.

Individual contributors to his 2008 re-election campaign were limited by law to $390 each.It began with seven of Arpaio's top employees ultimately donating $12,150 to the SCA Fund through direct deposits from their checks between Nov. 22, 2006 and Nov. 21, 2008 in $50 increments.

Then the five wealthy businessmen were tapped, the most prominent one being Arpaio's long time friend Steve Ellman who donated $ 25,000 to the SCA fund....after Ellman had already donated the maximum amount allowed by law of $390. Ellman roasted Arpaio at the sheriff's 70th birthday party and at one point served as a captain in the sheriff's advisory posse.

The other four wealthy business owners, all out of state from Dallas, Anchorage, or Illinois and supposedly with ties to Ellman, contributed $30,000 (besides $390 already donated), $25,000, $10,000 and $10,000.

So when the time comes for the criminal indictments, will Arpaio also be pleading ignorance to any knowledge about friend Ellman's generosity to the tune of $25,000? Will he also be pleading ignorance about the donations of the other four? And where that money was headed?

After all, this was good news. Unheard of generosity for their beloved sheriff.

Ray Stern asked just the right question. "We asked Arpaio today why he didn't immediately order an internal investigation into Fox's activities when the news about the SCA fund first broke back in October of 2008. His face grew stiff, and he said he would make no comment about the SCA." Why indeed.

(See Arizona Republic 7/15/09 "PAC donors are revealed" and Phoeenix New Times 7/23-29/09 "The Ventriloquists's Dummies".)

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Remember that we're only seeing what Arpaio has allowed us to see. The Munnell memo - written by one of his chief deputies who still works for Arpaio. The "Investigation" - done by a political ally of Arpaio who desperately wants his endorsement in the future. This has all been orchestrated by Arpaio to do the least damage possible.

Arpaio has thrown us a few scraps and let Hendy and the boys land softly, thinking we will be satisfied and go away. We will not go away, Joe!!! To paraphrase Winston Churchill - we will fight at the Board of Supervisors, we will fight at Wells Fargo. We will fight in the courts, and in the press. We will pester your sorry, corrupt ass whatever the cost may be. We will never surrender!

Coz
Coz

Found this on Babeu's website.If it wasn't so sad, it would actually be pretty funny.

Contact us online

To contact Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, or for more information please fill out this form belowSheriff Paul BabeuPinal County, Arizona

Honest…Independent…Accountable

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

So let's play Devil's Advocate and take Arpaio's words for a fact. Let's pretend that he's telling the truth and didn't know anything about any of this. Do you REALLY want this incompetent of a leader in charge? Regardless of which story people believe, Arpaio's version, or the truth, either way, this man has no business being in a position where he is in charge of anything.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Where is the County Atty, Bill Montgomery, in all this? Is he just gazing out the window and humming happy songs?

Sure signs of wrongdoing within county government, and nothing. Maybe he schould form a group, call it "MACE" and start looking into it!

Coz
Coz

What I find totally discussing about this whole situation is that most people expect and depend on law enforcement agencies to be honest, forthright, have integrity and morals.

We all know Bozo Joe and MCSO have none of the above already.

Whats really disturbing is that Arpaio's buttboy Babeu just proved that he and Pinal County SO are no better than MCSO.

All this time I never thought any law enforcement agency could be lower than Arpaio and MCSO.

Babeu just proved this is possible.

Jason
Jason

Either the Flaccid Fool knew what the fuck was going on at MCSO, which would make him criminally culpable for the actions and behaviors of his deputies, or he didn't know what was going on at MCSO, which would make him a poor supervisor of his deputies and a poor public servant.

No matter how Buffoon spins this thing, it all leads straight back to the Senile Spinster.

I think Buffoon is doing this to shield the Sick Old Man from possible indictments to be handed up from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Let's hope now Dennis Burke's balls drop and he gets the Flaccid Fool & Co. indicted.

I wonder if Buffoon will testify to the GJ about his offices' investigation? When the FF passed the buck to Buffoon, he became a witness to a federal criminal investigation.

Roro
Roro

Sorry Shurf, but the "Buck" doesn't stop with #2 in cases like this, it goes all the way to #1. If he went all those years "totally unaware" of what was going on in his own organization, it bespeaks mental and/or professional incompetence. Come to think of it, did he isolate himself in the W#ells Fargo building so he could claim ignorance? That's aiding and abetting.

Concerned"american"citizen
Concerned"american"citizen

I think its time we start a "resignation rally" We all want him out of office so lets start the campaign. In other places they have recalled the Sheriff and county officials. I think we can do it here. Arpaio needs to stop bullying the people, people are afraid to step on his toes because he always retaliates on everyone but we choose him now we must get him out how can we let this old goon have more power than the people who choose him. When asked by channel 5's news reporter if he would resign he said no way I was choosen by the people yeah before the people knew that you had misspent our money. Arpaio is not a God we must make him resign to all the people of Arizona lets make sure he does. Enough is Enough we have let him get away with way too much and now its time to kick his ass to the curb. Babeau is the biggest idiot he really does think that us the people our that dumb to believe that ARpaio knew nothing..BULLSHIT!!!!!!Hey Dave Henderblimp when will you start talking? I know you will sing like a canary because if you don't your last days will be spent in the hole being treated like the fat "bitch" that you are..Ugh gross!!!!!!!!

teknik1200
teknik1200

policing our citizens should not be a political agenda.

having a politician for a sheriff is just asking for trouble.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Yet Arpaio had no idea what was going on under his nose, according to the Pinal sheriff. The reason, Babeu said, was because Arpaio had allowed himself to be insulated by his former chief deputy."

One of the things of which Hendershott is accused is using illegal and unethical tactics to advance ArPayaso's political campaigns. It is plausible on the face of it that the Henderblimp insulated his boss from embezzlement of funds, etc, but how plausible is it that he would insulate Arpaio from the knowledge of all the extreme stuff he was doing directly FOR Arpaio, to advance his political career? Hendershott did not benefit from these actions directly, the only way they could benefit him was for Arpaio to know about the efforts so that he could reward them.

Babeu's explanation is neither plausible nor logical. Arpaio HAD to know what was going on, on some level, if not he did his own "insulating" for purposes of plausible denial. And conscious avoidance of the knowledge of wrongdoing is a form of complicity.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

"I know nothing, I hear nothing, I see noth-ING!!!": Sgt. Schultz, AKA John Banner of Hogan's Heroes

That defense is not defensible. It is the sheriff's job and sworn duty to run the sheriff's department - to know what is going on within his department and to uphold the law. Arapio's excuse is that he didn't know that Hendershott and others of his command staff were breaking rules, gorging themselves at the taxpayers expense and breaking the law?

What the hell WERE you doing, Joe? Were you too busy signing copies of your ghostwritten books that you admitted you haven't even read for your blue-haired groupies in Sun City and Surprise? Or were you busy looking through all the papers and TV channels for mentions of your name? Just what is it you do for a living, Joe? It's surely not running a sheriff's department.

You didn't know about the SCA like Nixon didn't know about CRP. Like Sgt. Schultz didn't know about Stalag XIII.

In fact, your department and the Germans on Hogan's Heroes have a lot in common - they are two sets of pompous, bumbling idiots who have convinced themselves they are great at what they do. Unfortunately, the Maricopa County Sheriff's department does not exist solely for low-brow entertainment. It's supposed to be serving and protecting the citizens of Maricopa County. Perhaps one day that will be its actual mission - but not until you are gone.

Mistalee
Mistalee

And that's why Babeu is a shaver; It enables him to be shoulders deep up Arpayo's arse without having to wash his hair later.

In my neck of the woods, we would call Babeu a "lambe." From the Spanish verb, meaning "to lick."

Brown nose, bad breath, Babeu.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

back when JoKKKe Jr . got his big idol to get him to do this white wash , many readers of PHNT , KNEW that this was going to paint JoKKKe all cheery . and give him a slap on the back, instead of boot out the door . Babboon should have not ever been given this investigations on the Munnell report . the report should have gone right to the feds NT and the readers knew this was coming ,

Jason
Jason

You make a really good point. Our tax dollars went to pay for this thing, I think Buffoon needs to answer a few questions for the MCBOS as well as a few taxpayer questions. Also throw the Senile Spinster in there as well. He has quite a bit to answer to in this case.

J_fox
J_fox

Sorry Tina, I've been a bit busy...erm, how do I know that Arpaio didn't know anything about the SCA??  Really?  Well, maybe you don't get it, so here it is plain:  SCA is a bank account, nothing more.  It is my bank account.  Only I have access to it.  I chose to give some of the money to the Republican party.  Nobody else made that choice, or could have made that choice.  Just me.  Only a couple people knew about it before I did it, and Arpaio wasn't one of 'em.

Jason
Jason

Joel's best bet is to tell the U.S. Attorney's Office who or what his source of SCA info is. Anyway, it really doesn't matter Tina. We all know the Senile Spinster was deeply involved in the SCA scandal. Joe has to approve everything he does for his campaigns. He even admits to it in the Munnell Memo PDF's.

joel
joel

Like I said, space is limited. The PCSO report doesn't even touch on all those issues and it's over 1,000 pages long.

On your list, the only one I'm involved in is SCA and you can hardly call that "fraudulently obtaining elections". It's not even election fraud. All the money spent by the Republican Party and their Independent Expenditure committee was properly accounted for and reported and it had nothing to do with Arpaio or MCSO. It was my decision and my mistake. I don't believe it was illegal and in any case, the mistake was rectified before the election.

Were it not for the current political climate, you would have most likely never even heard about it, just as you never hear about all the other campaign finance violations settled every election cycle. You should check out the minutes from the clean elections committee meetings. Campaign finance is confusing and constantly evolving and even when people think they are doing the right thing, mistakes are made, and then corrected without much fanfare at all.

Not that this excuses anything that I have done. I stand on the decisions I made and take full responsibility. It's just that you're making a much bigger deal out it than it deserves.

joel
joel

Tina,You obviously spent a lot of time on this, but what you fail to realize is that it is standard law enforcement procedure to allow a criminal investigation to run it's course prior to beginning an internal or administrative investigation. The reason is that compelled statements given in the internal can cause the criminal case to be lost.

Maybe Tommy can chime in, since you all trust him so.

The Sheriff may have a lot to answer for here, but he didn't know anything about SCA. Don't take my word for it, though...keep wasting your time, I really don't care. Just don't ever say I never told ya.

Concerned"american"citizen
Concerned"american"citizen

Chad,The question is what can we do? We need to really do something I am so sick of all that we put up with.All this "enforcers of the law" get away with murder. We are totally being bombed by all this assholes if I even jauwalk in a phoenix street I will get fined but if a Sheriff misuses over 100 million dollars he doesn't get charged with anything. I think we should start a walk downtown and get all people to get involved the time is now to get rid of this fool. This time he has gone too far and now they are playing their cards..they are using Paul Babeau to talk about how the Sheriff would have not let them get away with this if he knew because he is for the people and only for the people, FUCk YOU BABEAU!!! We are not falling for your shenanigans have you noticed how every chance he gets he mentions Arpaio and makes him out to seem like a victim..Joe all I have to say to you is that you are not getting away with it this time. We will use all our efforts to make you resign..We will make sure all the people in Maricopa see you for who you are a corrupted, rascist, old pig that reaks of hatred. I bet that when you were a kid your "dad" used to abuse you mentally because the energy I see all around you is pure blackness which tells me you have been through a rough childhood. Let the hatred go away and resign fool because I can guarantee all the wrong you have done to people will show up eventually in your karmic debt if not in this lifetime in your next one or the one after that and you are bringing darkness to your family too. JOe I bet your bigot father would be so proud of you right now what do you think?

I bet your mama is also moving in her grave thinking of what a youn feller you turned out to be?

Poor Joe I can guarantee he was a victim of hatred and abuse in his household..He is a lost soul and will continue to be unless if by some reason he changes his way but as the old saying says, "you cant teach an old dog new tricks" kindness is far fetched from his heart...SAD:)

Coz
Coz

Right on Chad !

Coz
Coz

LOL, Bill Montgomery, what a fucking joke he is.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Roro, I think the Kevlar walls on the 19th floor isolated the fool from hearing the truth.(Just a joke. He knew about the truth long before the Kevlar walls were installed)

Not that he ever had the ability to recognize reality... even when confronted with it in a written document. NOW he is claiming, "I see no evil, I hear no evil, I smell no evil".

All he has to do to find evil is look in the mirror.

Tina
Tina

I really don't think Hendershott will ever "start talking" against Arpaio -- at least not until the criminal indictments pertaining to the unlawful and secretive SCA Fund (for Arpaio's 2008 re-election campaign) come down IF Arpaio himself is not indicted.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

We need to accomplish the RECALL effort of RUSSELL PEARCE before we take on the MCSO shurf.

http://recallpearce.com/

In the mean time, we are told there are numerous criminal investigations occurring that should negate the need for a recall on the Flaccid Fool.

Let's not forget how dangerous and damaging pearce can be.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

This is what bothers me the most about this. Rather than do the correct and ethical thing and publicly contend that Arpaio is just as much to blame as Hendershott, this shell of a man shields his mentor and paints him as a victim -- all for political reasons. This is so wrong on so many levels. This is why politicians have no place in law enforcement, and it's why this state will always be corrupt.

As long as we have this daisy chain of corruption among our law enforcement agencies, we will be stuck with a sheriff who thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants and get away with it. Unfortunately, he's right.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think that's the ultimate insult. Babeu thinks he can just put it out there as being fact and we are all stupid enough to say, "oh gosh, well if you say so. Gee whillikers, Andy, did you know the shurf didn't know anything?'. NO, Mr. Babeu, some of the folks in Arizona may impress you as being Mayberry, but it really isn't.

You, Mr. Babeu, will be proved the fool.

Tina
Tina

To expand on your comments, keeping in mind that the Munnell memo gives good reason for a CRIMINAL investigation as well an investigation into ADMINISTRATIVE matters. As I recall, Arpaio sat on the Munnell report for at least a few days. When it was made public, many suggested that it at least should be turned over to DPS to investigate the detailed allegations....which would mean the criminal as well as the administrative revelations.

However, Arpaio turned it over to good buddy protege Babeu (Joe Lite) with the request/directive to only investigate "administrative" (not criminal) allegations of misconduct.

Babeu had been that route before, when he himself enlisted DPS with the directive to only investigate "administrative" matters regarding his deputy Louis Purroll's timely "shoot-out-in-the-desert" story. And I believe DPS was also told by Babeu not to interview Purroll himself.

Was the private investigator Babeu hired given the directive (verbal or written) NOT to interview Arpaio?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Denise makes a really good point. I can't imagine any other investigative agency just going along with the Flaccid Fool and perpetuating complete ignorance of that which is happening in front of him as he is being 'protected' from the facts. I believe there is testimony and evidence that it was the FF who came up with the idea of having Judge Donahoe charged with 'bribery' (which Mr. Thomas could not define) so the judge could not rule on an active case in his court against MCSO.

We, the people, need to DEMAND that all related documents and evidence be made public so we can't be snowed by someone like Babeu.

Thank goodness we have the New Times, motivated by false arrests, to dig deep and maintain the tenacity needed to keep the information fresh and flowing.

Coz
Coz

What's really sad is once again Maricopa County tax payers get the shaft again.Justice in this State and Maricopa County is a fucking joke.

I have no respect at all for a Justice System that breeds and promotes corruption as they do here in Arizona.

BabeutheArpaioCocksucker
BabeutheArpaioCocksucker

You bet, never expected anything else from either of these so called law enforcement parasites. (Buttbeu or Arpaio)

>>NT and the readers knew this was coming

Jason
Jason

That's why, if I was running for an elected office and I had legal questions about campaign-finance, I would retain a lawyer who specializes in campaign-finance. Better to be safe than sorry......

Tina
Tina

Joel,You state, "The Sheriff may have a lot to answer for here, but he didn't know anything about SCA."

How do you KNOW this? What or who is the source of your information?

You see, Steve Ellman and Sheriff Arpaio have been long-time friends for many years. I believe it was in June 2006 that Arpaio and Hendershott sat at Ellman's table at a Glendale Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Weren't you invited? Were you in attendance at the sheriff's 70th birthday party in June 2002?

When the negative publicity about the secretive SCA fund was all over the papers, Mr. Ellman hired attorney Grant Woods. In June 2008 Woods, representing Ellman and the other wealthy civilianian donors to the SCA fund, co-wrote (with attorney Dennis Wilinchik who was representing MCSO employees) a letter to the media which said,

"our clients never had any dealings with Joel Fox."

Again, what or who is the source of your information that Sheriff Arpaio "didn't know anything about SCA"?

Jason
Jason

Here is a deadly serious question Captain Fox:

How can ANY Arizonan, particularly residents of Maricopa County, expect, receive and look to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for professional and courteous police service in light of all the shit emanating from the department?

We taxpayers are paying you a salary to enforce the laws honestly, fairly and above all, ethically, and we can't get even that because if that (honesty) was the case, the county would not have doled out almost $50 million in lawsuits, exposed the county to an additional $60 million in liability, the MCSO would not have misspent $100 million from voter protected jail funding, the Munnell and Reyer Memos would not have been authored, Hendershott and Black would not have been terminated, you would not be appealing your imminent dismissal, etc.

When you think you have an intelligent answer to my question, post it and I will be here to read it.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability appeared before the Board of Supervisors last week asking them to put the issue of the $100 million illegally misspent on the agenda for the May 11th meeting. You can call your Supervisor and encourage them to call on Arpaio to personally appear before the Board to explain his mismanagement. He is the one that was speaking at the "Feet to the Fire" rally last month, encouraging people to hold elected officials accountable.

I think it is time that the citizens of Maricopa County started calling for Arpaio's resignation. At best, he is oblivious, at worst, he is corrupt.

Jason
Jason

I was thinking of President John F. Kennedy's famous inauguration speech

...unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge and more.

I wonder what President Kennedy would say to the Flaccid Fool of MCSO about his deputies violating those very rights here in Nazicopa County, AryanZona? Even at age 94, I think the wise and sage President would have a few choice words for our ancient gendarme.......

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Tina, don't expect Hendy to ever roll on the Flaccid Fool of MCSO. They have worked out an agreement that is pretty much air tight and will serve them both, criminal charges or not.

If anyone rolls it will be Black. Fox is not smart enough to and won't consider himself actually facing jail time until he actually does the perp walk. Maybe the two best friends will share a cell. That would be cozy. Throw in a bible and life would be complete for them.

We have to hope that any and all criminal charges are rendered at the federal level. I have absolutely no hope that either Montgomery or Horne would do anything against another Republican. I do find it odd, however, that Montgomery once referred to the FF as an "idiot" or something similar and now he seems to be ignoring pretty much everything. Oh, NOW that he's been elected!

I sit corrected. Oh dopey me...

Tina
Tina

Just like he was "proved the fool" when he finally did fire his deputy Purroll for gushing bragging lies to New Times writer Paul Ruben which were then printed in New Times.

Jason
Jason

The Senile Spinster was in fact interviewed for Buffoon's report. If memory serves, he was grilled for 5 1/2 hrs. in regards to what he knew about the corruption and malfeasance in his office.

Jason
Jason

Did you read today's Arizona Republic? It said that the Flaccid Fool "was concerned"over the arrests of Lacey and Larkin. I SERIOUSLY doubt the Senile Spinster "was concerned" over the arrests. Blimpie blamed Wilenchik, Wilenchik said he did no such thing, and Blimpie said he ordered the arrests and denied he ever lied about it.

Something doesn't add up. At that time, NT was looking at how the Senile Spinster dropped $800K into homes around the Valley. Lacey and Larkin were arrested because of some unknown state statute. Candy Ass Thomas "dismissed" the "investigation", but by then, the damage had already been done.

I wonder if Lacey and Larkin would testify or have testified to the GJ about their unlawful arrests? That would be doing us here in Nazicopa County a great public service.

joel
joel

It would take a lot more space than what I get here to adequately answer your question. The short answer is that you can expect professional and courteous service from MCSO because the line deputies that deliver it will continue to do so.

You assume that because there are some issues near the top that the deputies working the beats must be the same, but there's nothing to support that conclusion. The deputies in patrol cars are doing a fine job and have been, consistently, for as long as I can remember.

Critics love to quote the 50 Million as if it's a meaningful measure of professionalism. It's not. They all represent tragedies, and any single one is too much, but if you're going to use the figure as a performance measure, it only means something when compared to others. I suggest you do so. Just one example is a single 44 million dollar payout by Phoenix PD, and they don't even have a jail. Compare MCSO to the the top 10 Sheriff's Offices in the country over a 20 year period and you'll see this figure is comparatively low.

The 100 Million misspent was announced since I left so I don't have all the details, but "misspent" is a misnomer. It was more like mis-allocated. The county is not now 100 Million in debt. MCSO's budget was never overspent. You have to wade through Mary Rose's rhetoric if you ever hope to understand it.

I'm sure you won't be satisfied; critics never are, but that's about all I can do within the limits here.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Jason, it may very well be that Mr. Lacey and Mr. Larkin have testified by a state and/or federal grand jury and simply can't say anything until indictments are issued, or refused.

Any statements by the FF are simply going to bury him more deeply.

I wonder why our fine media folks aren't pressing the FF to make a statement about Mr. Fox and any and all others who might have been sustained during the Internal Investigation?

Why would the FF give Mr. Fox a copy of the report while he's still on admin leave with pay, to prepare a defense for a possible disciplinary action? I've never heard of such an action in any internal investigation case. I guess it's a new rule the FF just made up so he could keep Mr. Fox on the payroll. Damned odd, if not illegal, or at the very least in violation of Maricopa County personnel policy.

Why are the county attorney and county Board of Supervisors allowing this to happen?

Ah, my least favorite county supervisor, Mr. Kunasek, is in charge of the BOS...

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