Should County Supervisors Finally Let Joe Arpaio Use His Stupid Bus?

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James King
It's just a friggin' bus!
In what has become one of the dumber longer pissing matches in the ongoing spat between several of Maricopa County's elected officials, the county's Board of Supervisors is expected to make a decision today about whether to allow Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to use an expensive inmate transport bus that county officials say the sheriff broke county rules to purchase.

The bus, which cost a cool $456,000, has been rotting away in a county parking lot since Arpaio used money from his "Jail Enhancement Fund" to purchase it in 2009.

In what has come across as an attempt to stick it to America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff," the BOS has refused to license the bus because it believes Arpaio never had the authority to purchase it. 

"I had the authority to use the funds the way I see fit," Arpaio grumbled when the BOS first sidelined his precious bus.

Since its purchase, the pricey bus has suffered over $20,000 in damage -- much of which happened during a hail storm in October of 2010. It's also been exposed to the oppressive Phoenix heat for what is now three summers.

One way or another, something needs to happen with this friggin' bus.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery advised the BOS a few months ago that it can legally title and register the bus and allow the sheriff to use it to do what it's intended to do: transport inmates.

Another option would be to sell the gaudy bus and buy something less expensive.

The third option would be for the BOS to continue this petty fight with a stubborn sheriff and not allow him to use -- or sell -- this stupid bus.

Either way, we want to know what you think: What should happen with Arpaio's bus?

Cast your vote below.





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24 comments
Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

swapping that gargantuan     456 thousand dollar bus   for 3 or 4   used  a/c equipped school busses would make more sense to me .......  one bus   maximum hauling   56  people .......4 busses  about 200  

Toad51560
Toad51560

I don't think they could get anywhere near what they paid for it so they might as well put it to use. When the Sheriff loses the next election and the books are opened up is when he will pay the price for all his crimes.

David Saint
David Saint

id make a deal with him...if he can manage to get ALL inmates to court on time, without excuses like "im understaffed" (yea, thats why you spent so much on a bus Joe), then by all means just let him use the damn thing.  However, I for some reason think this thing is going to be more like a driving billboard for Joe and his campaign than an inmate transfer bus..call me crazy..lol

Coz
Coz

Sell it use the money to help pay for yet another Bozo I Can't Recall Arpaio fuck up.

Maricopa County set to pay $1 million over death in Arpaio jail

by Yvonne Wingett Sanchez - Nov. 15, 2011 09:11 PM The Arizona Republic

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is set to pay $1 million to the family of a man who died while while in custody of the Sheriff's Office.Juan Farias Mendoza died in 2008 after a physical exchange with detention officers in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail, according to a notice of claim obtained by The Arizona Republic. The claim named the Sheriff's Office and the county's Correctional Health Services agency, which is responsible for inmate health care, in Mendoza's death, which it termed wrongful. Notice of claim

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Coz
Coz

Sell it and use the money to offset what Bozo I Can't Recall Arpaio has cost the tax payers.

Rejecttheteaparty
Rejecttheteaparty

You're all right.  Recall Arpaio, put  Pearce and Arpaio in the bus, throw the bus over the south rim and then sell the wreckage for scrape.

Eleanor
Eleanor

I say let him be the bus driver.  Sounds better than him being the sheriff.

Observer
Observer

Give it to the Puente Movement

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

The best use of this bus would be to put Rpiehole in it and push it off the south rim.

Coz
Coz

Are you sure about that, he crashed is Ford in Fountain Hills awhile back.

Coz
Coz

Put them all in it, including the B of S, and push them all off the South Rim.

Jason
Jason

Throw Pearce in the mix too and then push it off the South Rim...

Eleanor
Eleanor

Yep, he knows where the south rim is doesn't he? 

 Aww hell...we can have it towed to the south rim then he can drive it off with all the rest you mentioned.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Nope, put them all in the bus, attach one of the space shuttles an declare that they've volunteered for a manned mission to mars.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he probably would do it by accident, so we wouldn't even be culpable!!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

don't forget the rest of the AZ GOP. hell lock them all in there!

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