Jeffery Hendershott Among Employees in Alleged Nepotism Scheme by Father, Former MCSO Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott

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Jeffery Hendershott, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run, was among several friends and family members hired by MCSO at the request of former Chief Deputy David Hendershott, according to an investigative report.

Jeffery Hendershott, the son of former Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy David Hendershott, was among several people named in a recent probe of questionable hiring practices at the office.

Hendershott, a 29-year-old who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run, worked for the sheriff's office as a communications dispatcher for about a year starting in 2005. He was one of eight family members or friends of David Hendershott who were hired at the request of the former chief deputy, according to an investigative report.

The allegation of nepotism were made by MCSO Deputy Chief Frank Munnell in his well-publicized memo and investigated by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office at the request of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Loretta Barkell, former MCSO chief financial officer, told investigators that it was common to refer to the hires as "FODs," or "Friends of Dave."




Barkell said she and the Human Resources director at the time, MaryEllen Sheppard, were repeatedly approached by David Hendershott and asked to find a way to "quickly" hire the friends and relatives.

Hendershott wouldn't specify which position to put the people in, but would insist that they get the position "that could get the person the most money," Barkell told Pinal investigators. Most of the employees were hired on a temporary basis, which required less paperwork. Many were then moved to full-time positions.

In the 1,022-page Munnell Memo investigative report released in May, Deputy Chief Steve Werner states that he briefly supervised Jeffery Hendershott during his one-year stint in dispatch.

During that time, Werner received several complaints from supervisors that "Jeffery was a poor employee who came to work in basketball shorts and tank tops and bragged about his father's wealth."

Judging from the mug shot from yesterday's arrest, Jeffery Hendershott still enjoys basketball attire.

The "wealth" part might raise the ire of taxpayers, considering David Hendershott was a longtime government employee who was richly rewarded by Arpaio at public expense. Hendershott was an infamous double-dipper who pulled in about $267,000 annually in recent years due to his combined salary and pension. He moved into a posh, 5,700-square-foot rental home last year, apparently after walking away from his foreclosed former estate.

David Hendershott was fired in April by Arpaio after the Munnell Memo investigation revealed evidence of numerous policy violations and potential crimes.

One thing the investigation didn't support was that Hendershott had violated county policies barring nepotism in hiring. Yet it's clear from the Pinal County report that investigators thought something untoward was going on, even if it didn't rise to the level of a policy violation.

At David Hendershott's request, according to witness statements in the report, MCSO hired:

* Michael Rayball, Hendershott's sister-in-law's husband.
* David Hendershott, Jr.
* Jeffery Hendershott.
* Adam Vecchi, Hendershott Jr's high-school friend.
* Forrest Mark Anderson, Hendershott Jr's friend.
* Lyzandra Ovist, who had worked for a school district under Hendershott's wife.
* Gary Cress, the father of a woman who dated Hendershott Jr.
* Patricia Cordova, Hendershott's wife's sister.

The report states that Werner told Lisa Allen, Arpaio's spokeswoman, that Jeffery Hendershott was having problems as an employee.

After Allen related the news to another employee, Hendershott "would yell at Lisa Allen and others and never recognized that it was his son who was the problem," Werner told investigators. "Eventually, Jeffery resigned and told others that his father was going to find him a job elsewhere."

In several other cases, MCSO employees believed that the "Friends of Dave" were less experience or qualified than others who could have been placed in the positions.

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Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Image, Dave Hendershott involved in an ethics violation. I rather imagine he has never heard of ethics... which makes him the ultimate machine  for the MCSO shurf... and the fall guy whose tumble was mistaken for a 6.0 earthquake.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

I bet that son of Jabba, wasn't good of an employee either. Just by the looks of him, he doesn't appear  the sort who would take his job seriously. I bet he was spoiled too.

Glad those suckers are no longer working for the MCSO.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Ray...Ray...Ray...  you missed the best of them.

I don't know why I can't pull up any NT articles on this because I know they're here, but you left off the best example of Hendershott's delerium... Garcia Lou Willard, the friend who worked from home transcribing records for MCSO to the tune of more than $60,000 from the detention officer's funds, although she never worked in detention, or even in the WF Tower, for that matter....

http://www.kpho.com/story/1489...

But it's all good... we still luv ya! :o)

Gizzard
Gizzard

Mary Ellen Shepard has always been terrified of Hendershott and his goons. She was always of the opinion "We can work with the Chief for anybody". Jeffery is about as stupid as they come and he always did brag of his Dads wealth and position. I am not surprised he got nailed for DUI but he at least he had on advantage over his old man....he can still get into a car unassisted.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

"Barkell said she and the Human Resources director at the time, MaryEllen Sheppard, were repeatedly approached by David Hendershott and asked to find a way to "quickly" hire the friends and relatives.

Hendershott wouldn't specify which position to put the people in, but would insist that they get the position "that could get the person the most money," Barkell told Pinal investigators."

How does Babeu NOT find evidence of nepotism when statements like this are made? This kind of thing would cause issues in a private sector company. The fact that this is a taxpayer-funded organization where these kinds of things are "allegedly" taking place warrants further investigation if they didn't feel the need to pursue it at the time. WTF?!?! How do these public figures get away with this shit, especially when said information is PUBLICLY AVAILABLE!

It's almost as if no one wants anything to do with this organization and the County supes have pretty much given up going after them for clear violations of the law. This county is a clusterfuck of corruption. Everyone knows it but no one's willing to do anything about it.

VowelGuy
VowelGuy

Proofreading question:  Do they spell it with an O or an I ?

Anon
Anon

Arizona corruption enabled for decades..

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