Paul Penzone, Former "Face" of Silent Witness, Announces Candidacy to Unseat America's Priciest Sheriff

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Former Phoenix Sergeant Paul Penzone wants to make Maricopa County the "safest community in America."
Paul Penzone, a retired sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department/Nancy Grace suck-up, officially announced his candidacy in this year's race for Maricopa County sheriff.

Penzone, best known for being the public "face" of Silent Witness, announced his candidacy on his website this morning (see his first campaign video after the jump). He vows to make Maricopa County the "safest community in America"

"It is time for professional law enforcement leadership in Maricopa County," Penzone says in a press release. "There is a crisis of leadership in the Sheriff's Office. It is unacceptable when sex crimes against women and children go uninvestigated, and when criminals are allowed to run free on our streets. I'm going to reach out to every single person in our community and ask them to help me retire Joe Arpaio and move the Sheriff's Office in a new direction."

So far, there are two other horse's in the race for sheriff -- 79-year-old Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Scottsdale Lieutenant Mike Stauffer, who is running as an independent (Stauffer, a life-long Republican, switched party affiliation last year to avoid facing Arpaio in a primary).

It's unclear whether Penzone will run as a Republican -- his campaign spokesman, Doug Mings, didn't immediately respond to an email asking that question. If he does run with an "R" next to his name, he'll have to face Arpaio in a primary.


If Penzone runs as a Democrat or independent, he'll likely split the anti-Arpaio vote with Stauffer, which would be beneficial to America's priciest sheriff -- and probably lead to four more years of the Arpaio regime.

Arpaio -- again, at 79 years old -- announced earlier this month that he plans to seek a sixth term as sheriff, despite a rather humiliating 2011 for the MCSO under his (gulp) leadership (a Mexican drug cartel infiltrating his office, a scathing Department of Justice report claiming he's guilty of the worst racial-profiling practices in U.S. history, and the fallout from the Munnell Memo, etc.).

Aside from his time with the Phoenix Police Department, Penzone served as the Chief Operations Officer for notMYkid, a (supposedly) non-profit organization aimed at educating parents and children of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

We'll let you know if Mings gets back to us.

See Penzone's first campaign video below.



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Jthorne
Jthorne

The first thing you need to understand is that real cops don't become PIOs.  That's a job taken by pussies.  Penzone is no homicide detective, he was a PR flack for Jack Harris and Phil Gordon.  His input on a murder case and the following prosecution is like asking a chiropractor about brain surgery.

Abc
Abc

Just what we need.  Outside of MCSO, Phoenix PD is the next worst police organization in Arizona.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The only real concern I might have with Penzone is that being a sergeant in such a large agency is typically a first level supervisory position with little or no management responsibility or authority. Somewhat along the lines of the Bald Bunion from Pinal County.

I am curious what experience he might have with regard to effective resource management, budget construction and application, discipline policies, etc.

I know that Mike Stauffer has experience in all areas of agency management and he has a good idea of the changes that need to be made, immediately, at MCSO to bring them out of the dungeon of mediocrity.

In the mean time, the MCSO shurf, with one year of experience repeated eighteen times, enters his twentieth year of mismanaging an agency that could and should be one of the best in the world, but is acknowledged as the laughing stock of law enforcement in Arizona. All because of him.

Kudos to our MCSO employees who are looking forward to working for a professional after the November election.

If they remain silent, however, they will have to endure another four years of being the joke.

wtf
wtf

Oh no, here we go again with the split votes!....let's stick to Stauffer please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

My dog could be Shurf ... won't do much, but won't hurt much either.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Looks like just another "Showboat Sheriff" to me. Anybody who would associate themselves with Nancy Grace ain't exactly pick of the litter.

david saint
david saint

this guy makes me think Arpaio pt2...just my opinion though.  From Nancy grace appearances,  to running a web site/org...whens the last time he was actually a cop? Stauffer is the man to beat I think..and thats coming from someone with a serious dislike of Scottsdale PD. (no i dont dislike them for doing their jobs, i have my reasons though)

Jason
Jason

Let's hope Penzone wins. I love police officers!

Jason
Jason

Let's hope that Penzone will do a better job than the of the Flaccid Failure should he be elected.

AzMot
AzMot

Paul Penzone = Olivia Cortez . What the hell are the Democrats thinking?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Not necessarily true, Amigo.

In many cases "real' cops get burned out and they realize, before they hurt themselves or another cop, that they need a change of scenery and they take an assignment such as PIO, Internal Affairs, Training Academy, Professional Standards, Investigations or whatever. Just to give them a few years of the ability to breathe without having to face the unknown constantly, thus causing untold stress and trauma for themselves and those around them.

Further, a PIO reports what information (s)he is fed by the investigators, nothing more. Thus, that person doesn't have to be an accomplished homicide investigator to be a PIO, any more than a detective can be an effective PIO.

I am thinking you might want to evaluate yourself and see if it's time for you to become a PIO, if you think you can do it.

Tina
Tina

Good post, Tommy.  Running a REAL law enforcement agency the size of MCSO is not for amateurs. I'm also concerned about Penzone's  motivation since his candidacy will split the anti-Arpaio vote which has a likelihood of Arpaio then being re-elected.

Jason
Jason

 I love nancy grace.

AzMot
AzMot

Have you researched the candidates? Why would Perzone be a better choice than Stauffer? Its great you love police officers but remember Paul Babeu was Chandler PD.

Don Smith
Don Smith

The most experienced person in the race is John Rowan, cited 11 times for heroism. Arizona is pretty fickle when it comes to voting...as evidenced by the worship of Joe Arpaio...what a joke!

Jason
Jason

 are you saying we cant trust anyone from chandler? or we cant trust cops from chandler?

Jason
Jason

 Im an literate Asian from Taiwan so research is not one of my good points. im still trying to learn the English language.

Jason
Jason

 Im weird I guess I love sheriff Joe to.

Jason
Jason

 DTA =  DONT TRUST ANYBODY!

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