Hendershott's Stuffed Rattlesnake -- as Good a Symbol for the Former Chief Deputy as Any -- to Educate Kids

 

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"Ricky"
​Sheriff Arpaio's disgraced chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, once told us that a stuffed rattlesnake he kept in his office was named after former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley.

 

Maybe that's what he told visitors, but we figured the forked-tongue serpent was his personal totem. Every new page released from various investigative reports seems to confirm that.

Just before Arpaio began his news conference on Tuesday about Hendershott and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's Munnell Memo investigation, we chatted with Jerry Sheridan, a longtime sheriff's employee and Arpaio loyalist whom Arpaio was about to name as his new chief deputy.

"What are you going to do with the snake in your new office?" we couldn't help but ask.

"Ricky?" he said with a smile.

Sheridan tells us he's moving the thing out and giving it to a children's group for educational purposes.

Just a bit more spring cleaning for the office.  


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And, there are other "snakes" in that office that need to be retired.

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I'm all for the real Rick Romley taking the MCSO helm and getting our county law enforcement agency cleaned up and back on track.

Native Guns
Native Guns

And those kids can re-name it to Jabba the Hendershutt.

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It would

1. Most importantly, bring a professional LE manager to the MCSO.

2. Be sweet, poetic justice!

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I don't think the snake will frighten the kids, but the "Jabba the Hendershutt" thing would probably scare the hell of them!

Jay-Dizzle Foshingledozzle
Jay-Dizzle Foshingledozzle

So basically, you're implying that kids are afraid of watching the Star Wars saga too? I think you're on the wrong planet, son.

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