Joel Fox, Former Captain in Sheriff Arpaio's '08 Campaign Scandal, Loses Appeal of Firing; Fox is Unconvincing Liar, Hearing Officer Finds

See Also: Joel Fox, Former Sheriff's Captain Used in Scheme by Arpaio Campaign, in Merit-Board Hearing Today

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Joel Fox, a former captain under Sheriff Arpaio, lost the appeal to get his job back in a 5-0 vote by the Maricopa County Merit System Commission.

Joel Fox, a former captain under Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was at the heart of the SCA campaign-finance scandal, lost his appeal to get his job back today.

By a 5-0 vote, the Maricopa County Merit System Commission upheld the decision of the Sheriff's Office to fire Fox in October 2011.

Fox can still appeal to Superior Court. But the unanimous vote by the merit board sure makes odds of a reversal appear slim.

See our article from earlier today about Fox's role in Arpaio's 2008 campaign-finance scandal, which could have earned the sheriff or key cronies like his former chief deputy a criminal charge but for the recent decision by the feds to halt an investigation into alleged illegal activities by current and former employees of the Sheriff's and County Attorney's offices.

Read Hearing Officer Robert Sparks' conclusions below. Basically, Sparks found Fox a very unconvincing liar. If you've been reading New Times articles about Fox in the last four years, you already knew that.


 

The five members of the merit commission are:

Alberto Gutier, Chairman, District 3
William Lally, Vice Chairman, District 1
Sean Lake, District 2
Larry Pickard, District 4
David Hernandez, District 5

Fox has filed so much court paperwork in the last four years that he may have a career in the legal field ahead of him. Or perhaps Arpaio's former chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, could hire Fox to help with his private investigation business.

Arpaio hasn't been held accountable for the SCA scandal, or even answered questions about it.

Fox took the fall for him.

We won't burden you with Sparks' full 130-page report. Below are the main findings by Sparks:

 

Click here for Hearing Officer Robert Sparks' conclusions about Fox following the appeal hearings that began in January. (We've truncated part of this report for your convenience -- the incomplete sentence in the beginning describes how Fox's assertion that he was answering a different question then asked is not credible. You can follow along easily from there...)

In his findings, Sparks destroys Fox's illogical arguments one by one. For instance, Fox claimed he hadn't seen Arpaio's 400-pound chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, at a restaurant meeting with Republican Party operative Chris Baker to turn over an $80,000 check from the SCA slush fund. Sparks notes that Baker, former Deputy Chief Larry Black and Hendershott have all stated that Hendershott introduced Baker to Fox.

Sparks writes that Hendershott set up the meeting, so it makes sense that his version -- which was supported by statements by Black and Baker -- was correct. Therefore, "Fox had to see Hendershott..." Sparks finds.

Click here to read the county's response to Sparks' findings. Essentially, the county concurs with Sparks that Fox violated county policy by bring untruthful on eight separate occasions -- but the county says Sparks erred by not referring to two admitted violations of state election law by Fox.

If you want to leave the light of day and descend back into Fox's rabbit hole, read Fox's response to Sparks' findings.

 

 

 

 

 


 


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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Glad to hear that Joel Fox will not be reinstated at MCSO.

 

It seems that the Merit Commission Board, the same Board that upheld Louie Puroll's termination, actually has a pair and ain't afraid to use them.

 

Now, if we could only get rid of the MCSO shurf....

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Lying isn't very Christian of you Joel. It's called karma, and you've received the share that was coming to you.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

I'm hoping, but not expecting, that Joel will now realize that he has wasted a whole lot of time, effort and money, for nothing.

 

Maybe now he can go to that wayward island in the Caribbean and counsel those he feels might need it the most.

 

Or, he may just want to stay in Maricopa County and waste away, feeling sorry that most folks simply don't believe he suffered from random memory loss. Like the MCSO sheriff.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Awesome!  At least the Merit System Commission has a pair, unlike the Department of Justice pussies.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Will this complete scumbag now just go far away and never come back?  He can take the Blimp and his boyfriend Larry with him!

Eleanor
Eleanor

Many have taken the fall for Arpaio and many have been corrupted by Arpaio and his reign at MCSO.

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