Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff, Lambasted by Newly-Retired PCSO Captain Jeffrey Karns
In Babeu's memo to supervisors requesting their approval to reclassify lieutenants, captains, and other key staff to at-will employees, he says he will get the money to cover the increased salaries from the Jail Enhancement Funds, so there won't be any general-fund expenses.
Babeu also notes that a majority of attorneys in the Pinal County Attorney's Office are classified as at-will employees, a change that was approved by supervisors in 1975.
"I'm not requesting this same exemption for PCSO, yet Pinal County HR policy allows me to classify up to 10 percent, or 65 staff...at will positions," he writes. "Your approval will bring the total [at-will] positions to 37."
Babeu needs approval from the Supervisors because he's trying to re-classify positions that already are filled. He could make the changes without approval if the positions were vacant or if the individual affected by the reclassification signed a document agreeing to the change.
Karns, who notes he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, knocks Babeu's lack of experience. Karns says he has commanded men and bureaus "for longer than you have been a cop."
Babeu was a patrol officer in the Chandler Police Department for about five years but was only on the street for about 3 1/2 years because of leaves of absence, including for various assignments when he was still a member of the Army National Guard.
Karns says Babeu's attempt to force lieutenants and other employees to serve "at-will" is "dishonorable, unethical, and nakedly (no pun intended) selfish."
The pun, intended or not, refers to the naked and half-naked photos Babeu took of himself and sent to a man he'd never met. The sheriff also posted photos of himself, along with his sexual preferences and penis size, on a website where gay men can arrange sexual liaisons.
Sheriff Paul Babeu's self-portrait
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