Arpaio, Learning Nothing From Hendershott Scandal, Delegates His Duties to Chief Deputy

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Arpaio let his former chief deputy do nearly everything related to the management of the sheriff's office, leading to a major scandal. He's doing the same thing with his new chief deputy.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio admitted in 2011 he was "duped" by his top aides.

He admitted in an embarrassing news conference the same year that he'd "made mistakes" in dealing with his former chief deputy, Dave Hendershott, whom he fired after evidence of corruption and mismanagement in his office surfaced. He testified last year (see video below) that he'd delegated operations and management of the sheriff's office to Hendershott, and that Hendershott wasn't even required to report to him on any matter.

Pinal County Sheriff Babeu, after completing an internal investigation of the multi-faceted scandal, told the news media that he believed Arpaio had no clue what was going on his own office, right under his nose.

We chatted with Arpaio yesterday while looking at records in his Wells Fargo building headquarters, and he told us that he has the same habit of delegating operations to his chief deputy, now Jerry Sheridan.

See also: Watch Arpaio Squirm and Mix Up His Stories in Exclusive Video From 2012 Joel Fox Hearing


"Nothing has changed," he said.

It's a typical response by Arpaio, who often brags that nothing can make him change his ways.

But in this case, Arpaio's previously admitted it was a huge error to trust Hendershott so much. (We think Arpaio knew exactly what Hendershott was up to, but for a moment, let's take him at his word and assume he truly was ignorant of Hendershott's misdeeds.) If he hasn't altered the management style that even he believes led to serious problems, we asked him, won't he just end up in another pickle in a couple years, forced to admit again that he was "duped?"

Arpaio's answer: He never said he was "duped."

Sigh. If you don't believe us about the "duped" line, either, just check out this November 2011 story by JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic.

We were forced to point out to the sheriff that his new chief deputy was one of the very people claiming he'd been duped by Hendershott. Arpaio said he didn't believe it. So we read him an excerpt from our blog post in February of 2012 about how Arpaio ratted out commanders who complained to him about Hendershott:


Arpaio's current chief deputy, Jerry Sheridan, remembered telling Arpaio that Hendershott was "running the place."

"Ah, that's bullshit -- I run this office," Arpaio told him in reply.

On other occasions, Sheridan said that he'd share his advice with Arpaio, who would "tell me I was stupid" and do the "opposite of what I said."

Sometimes Sheridan believed that he was speaking to the boss in confidence. But he learned over time that "the sheriff was not worried about protecting his source of information."

Hendershott would find out what Arpaio had heard "and then you'd get your ass kicked" by Hendershott, Sheridan complained.


"If that's true," Arpaio said after we read him the passage, "I don't think people would have made him the chief deputy."

Huh?

We asked him to explain that one, but he digressed into a rambling and heated speech about how the office did "a lot of good" with Hendershott as chief deputy.

"There have been no charges of corruption," he fumed. "With all this garbage, who has gone to jail?"

He's got a point: Last year, the Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office declined to charge Arpaio or his former employees with any crimes.

But the scandal with Hendershott was unquestionably serious, and Arpaio knew it -- why else would he fire Hendershott?

Oh, and in case you're wondering, Arpaio said he still has full confidence in prosecutors, too. And why shouldn't he? Just because the prosecutor with whom he worked during the tainted political-corruption investigations overseen by Hendershott was disbarred for unethical behavior in those investigations? (The mistrust should really work the other way -- that is, the new county attorney, Bill Montgomery, shouldn't trust Arpaio. But they're actually political allies.)

Arpaio told us he works 14 hours a day.

But we've heard that one before. That's the same thing he said when Hendershott was running his office.

The one saving grace in all this: Sheridan is not the rattlesnake of a chief deputy that Hendershott was.

(The video embedded above contains some highlights from Arpaio's testimony at the February 2012 Joel Fox termination appeal proceedings. If you want to see the entire, hour-plus testimony, which has never before been released to the public, click on the vids below.)

Click here to read our follow-up blog post from today about Arpaio's testimony.


VTS 01 1 from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.


VTS 01 2 from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.


VTS 01 3 from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.


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IdontRecall
IdontRecall

Mr. Sheridan should run  now that he can, He should know by now that whoever the CORRUPT POS SHURF endorses or promotes, is gonna have a bad ending, see; the one that he endorses ends up loosing and the one that he promotes is to take the fall for him, while the FUCK FACE runs around claimming he didn;t know anything -that's why he doesn't want any kind of reports, memos or records of anything so there's no paper trail tied to him-  and how he was "duped". Fucken PUTO SHURF and JAFFY  is a CHUPAVERGAS.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

video #2- she asks him if he ever talked to Henderschott about the SCA, he says no.....fine, i can accept that, but when he says he still didnt talk to Henderschott about it even after it was in all the papers......who in the hell would not pull his second in command into his office and ask him what the hell is going on after his second in command and command staff are plastered all over the papers for unscrupulous activities?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

in the 3rd video, .....how do you NOT recall if you ever had to have another agency come in to do an internal affairs investigation at your own request? you would think thats something you might remember

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

anybody else find it kind of strange that Joe says he has his own way of raising money and raised exactly $600,000, but the $600,000 he received for meeting set standards in sex crimes investigation and extra man-power just disappeared without a trace? its in the first video about 16 minutes in when he claims he raised $600,000

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

(1) True. Nothing has changed.

(2) True. He still pretends to know nothing, see nothing, heard nothing.

(3) True. Sheridan is next to take the fall.

(4) True. Divine intervention will save taxpayers many millions of dollars. But it will not be soon enough.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

let me see if i have this right. the guy in charge of the biggest police agency in the state, delegates authority to someone for 12 years, and doesnt get any written reports from the guy? he appoints a guy to run the day to day operations and never checks on any of it? the way he expects to run this organization is that he HOPES he will run into the guy sometime during the week and get a quick couple minute summation with no written support of facts or anything to fill him in on everything going on? he has no emails, memos, reports or anything to track, monitor or follow any single thing that occurs in his office or department? he is the boss of this agency and just hopes that a guy who's office is down the hall will keep him informed, and thinks nothing of it when he doesnt get daily reports? he makes policies and procedures that he expects to be implemented and never checks up on them or how they are working? he basically leaves his people unsupervised for 12 years under one guy and thinks that is proper management? seriously?  what the fuck is wrong with this picture? why wasnt he pushing for Henderschott to run as sheriff? if Henderschott can dupe the guy who broke the French connection, how did he ever get caught?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

its a proven system. as long as he has his subordinates running things, he can claim credit for everything...unless its the stuff that goes wrong, then he can blame everything. its worked for him for 20 years. (and when he didnt have Henderschott to blame for a year, it was we the tax payers fault for not giving him enough funding or manpower)

marcy
marcy

Joe has to delegate because he doesn't have the first clue about how to run the MCSO.


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Ok, who is the woman shown in the preview of the second video clip (VTS 01 2), who has hair that looks like Darth Vader's helmet?

bobunf
bobunf

RECALL ARPAIO - SIGN THE PETITION

Better yet, circulate one.

Here where to sign or get one this weekend:

1. Burton Barr 1221 N Central Ave

Sat: 9:AM-2:00PM 

Sun: noon-4:00PM 


2. Tempe 3500 S Rural Rd

Sat: 10:30AM-5:00PM 

10:30-2:00PM 

Sun: 12:00PM-5:00PM 


3. Ironwood (Auwatukee) 4333 E Chandler Blvd

Sat: 10:00AM-1:00PM 


4. Sunset, 4930 W Ray Rd, Chandler

Sun: 1:00PM-4:00PM 


5. Palo Verde 4402 N 51st Ave

Sat: 9:00AM-2:00PM.





danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

and now we know who will be the one to take the fall for Arpaio on the bungled sex crimes........Sheridan.    now what will be funny is the look of absolute amazement on Sheridans face as Joe pitches him under the nearest bus

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Once again the Flaccid Failure shows the taxpayers how completely incompetent he really is.

The only way shit will change at MCSO is to boot out the shurf.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@marcy  not true. he runs that agency like a tite ship........the TITANIC, and it only took a couple hours for that sucker to hit the bottom. he can run it alright, nobody is claiming he can run it right though

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@WhoKnows

Clarisse McCormick. GED Jan's evil twin sister.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@bobunf Thanks for the info.  One of the locations is very close, and I'll be there on Sat!

I'll bring a laugh track mp3 on my phone in case the "shadow army" is there!

Is there a list like this on the recall website?  If not, it would be a good addition.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@danzigsdaddy You kinda have to feel sorry for Sheridan.  He took years of crap from Hendershit, and was then rewarded with becoming the new Hendershit.  That is a post that has no chance of success, because Joe will take any credit for things done right, and blame Sheridan for everything else.

The only good thing that can come out of this for Sheridan is that his pension will increase due to the pay raise for taking Hendershit's job.  There is not enough money to get me to take that job

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy

That's what the Flaccid Failure is counting on.

BTW, didn't the MCSO just unearth a pile of unworked sex crimes against children dating back to 2000?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy

That's what the Old Fool is counting on. BTW, didn't they just unearth another pile of unworked sex cases against children?

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@MaskedMagician1967 Sadly, we cannot seem to get enough people to care enough to wander down a cast a friggin' ballot!  Joe should be in a prison somewhere. If not a prison, at least put his dumb ass in a mental hospital where he can't hurt himself or anyone else.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@bob_lablaw96 @danzigsdaddy Actually, Sheridan is a slimy idiot.  The Henderblimps partner in crime!  If Joke throws him under the MCSO bus, I wouldn't shed a tear.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@MaskedMagician1967 Mr. Lemons mentioned that in an article but I've not seen anything more about it since then. Not sure what status is on those cases. You can rest assured, however, that any attempt to find out more will result in severe stalling.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@bob_lablaw96

Or he can share a prison cell with Candy Andy....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@bob_lablaw96 @MaskedMagician1967

The Old Fool can have the padded room right next to JAF.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@WhoKnows @bob_lablaw96 @danzigsdaddy

Sheridan appears to be more professional than Dave Henderbulk, who crushed the Old Fool like a fly during Candy Andy's ethics trial.

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