Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's Office Aware Ex-Deputy Richard "Hank" Mueller Had "Multiple Red Flag Issues" but Hired Him Anyway

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Richard Hank Mueller (left) and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Months after a drunken brawl outside of a Tempe bar, former Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Richard "Hank" Mueller is expected to face a judge for a non-jury trial at 1:30 on May 6.

Mueller's attorney has delayed his clients day reckoning at Tempe Municipal Court several times with motions, but at last check, it's still on for May.

The former deputy was slapped only with a disorderly conduct charge -- and it seems like a lucky break for Mueller.

See also: Babeu's "Elite" Staff Overcomes Bad Behavior with Loyalty

According to Tempe police reports, Mueller slammed his fist into a fellow bar patron's face, and then ran from cops.

Mueller's punch was captured on a surveillance camera; he wasn't charged with assault because cops said it wasn't clear whether Mueller was acting in self defense.

And, despite demonstrating "obvious signs . . . of being intoxicated," Mueller climbed into his vehicle as he tried to evade police and security officers from the bar. The bar's security officers stood behind his SUV until police arrived.

Interesting move by Mueller since Arizona's DUI laws not only apply when an intoxicated person is driving but also when a person is "actual physical control of a vehicle."

But his biggest break was when Paul Babeu was elected sheriff of Pinal County.

New Times previously reported that Mueller, a detention officer in Chandler, repeatedly applied to become a sworn Chandler cop, but he was rejected, according to his Chandler personnel file.

Whatever gave the Chandler Police Department pause obviously did not matter to Babeu -- and less than a month after he first took office in January 2009, he hired Mueller. (Babeu also worked at Chandler PD. He was a patrolman.)

But there was something about Mueller that gave pause to a PCSO captain who conducted a review of Mueller's background.

"Multiple red-flag issues & questions of veracity. Recommend not retaining," a PCSO captain wrote February 31, 2009, on a form in Mueller's employment file.

New Times asked Tim Gaffney, a PCSO spokesman, about that statement.

"If there [are] no notes or paperwork in the file related to the his concerns, then I would have no idea what they would be," Gaffney responded in an e-mail. "It could have been after he wrote that statement his concerns were later looked into and probably cleared up. The Captain no longer works for us for me to ask either."

There were multiple pages in Mueller's application that were completely blacked out, save for a heading.

We have also asked PCSO why those pages were redacted but still are waiting for a response.



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slutboi1sherif
slutboi1sherif

Let me tell you facts. Muller helped Babeu campaigning in 2008. There is a picture of Muller helping posting sing on roads, right babeu? Babeu liked Muller thats why he hired him. Also babeu hired Joan, Hank Muller's mom, who was working as babeu administrative assistant. Babeu wanted to give another favor to his newly boy Hank muller. This comment, Muller, wont like, but babeu started talking that Muller's mom DIDN'T FIT FOR THE JOB. check for yourself if shes worked or still works there. 

Exactly, babeu doesnt care anything but power, and men. right babeu? should we talk about babeu threesomes this time or later?

DNichols
DNichols

The fact that Babeu was present, and allowed or advised this Drunken Deputy to try and evade Police running, then drunkenly driving a Vehicle speaks volumes for Babeu's Character, and concern of "Enforcing our State Laws!"

The same applies to our wonderful Governor present in the Bar.

What "Honor, Dignity, and Character ?!

"We are a land of laws, all Laws."

Jan Brewer?!!

robert_graham
robert_graham

But don't forget that the President appointed/hired many more even after there were many more red flag alerts but is that an issue?

Guest
Guest

If Babeu's studs can't hack it as deputies, they can still hope that his newly-elected allies in Pinal County government will procure other county jobs for them. Babeu's young friends are already being not-so-discreetly stashed in comfortable positions throughout other county agencies, so there's still hope for one, two, a hundred Hank Muellers in county taxpayers' future.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Why oh why did the Bald Bunion employ this fool?

The answer: the Bald Bunion is Little Joe Paul. He thinks he can do whatever he wants with no consequences.

Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

I would guess he was punchin-the-clown in a department store or somethings similar; maybe something like that happened and that was why CPD wasn't much interested.  Ya know, cleaning-yur-musket in public is kinda embarassing.  

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

"Mueller's punch was captured on a surveillance camera; he wasn't charged with assault because cops said it wasn't clear whether Mueller was acting in self defense."

Wait a second, if anyone else had done this and had it captured on a video camera, it would be up to the person caught swinging on camera to prove it was in self defense, not an automatic assumption that it was in self defense forcing it to be proven it wasn't. Double standard??

If anyone else even started the vehicle while intoxicated, we would be charged with DUI (rightly so), but this guy gets off because he is a cop? Shouldn't he have known better then?

PCSO is just as bad and corrupt as MCSO, which should be no surprise since Booboo might as well be Joe Jr

gerry_c
gerry_c

I would guess a rigid, multi-position interview process was used to probe deeply and penetrate Mueller's past issues.  I am guessing that he was pumped quite a while for information that would allow an assessment of his suitability to serve with the Penile County Sheriff's Office.  I would guess that it also included an oral interview of considerable rigor as well.   

slappy
slappy

Qualifications means nothing to Babeu.Babeu's  only two requirements are, if you can satisfy his sexual needs, or you can help him politically. Men need only to apply.Sorry ladies.

Mark Weld
Mark Weld

Only in Arizona could someone like this retain office

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

The hatred of illegal immigrants trumps honest police work in Pinal County.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Ummmm... yummmmm.... I know why Pauley would want to keep Mueller on the payroll.

sliperymike
sliperymike

THE GAY MAFIA RUNS PINAL COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve miller......are you one of them????????

sliperymike
sliperymike

the "captain"was fired by baboon,because HE CAN NOW FIRE ALL EMPLOYEES WITHOUT REVIEW BY ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK'S STEVE MILLER!!!I hold you responsible for this!

DNichols
DNichols

If a Mexican in Arizona punched someone in a bar, then ran to evade Police trying to leave in a running vehicle would the Tempe Police have tested him for alcohol abuse and charged him with D.U.I.?!

Answer: "The Mexicans remains would have been tested for alcohol by the Coroners Office."

Babeu, and all his Drunken Life Pals should have been tested for alcohol, and charged accordingly, the Drunken Brawler should be going to a year of Anger Management, besides spending Jail Time for both D.U.I. and Drunk and Disorderly.

Oh yeah this Drunken Band all got a Drunken Governors "Pardon" on the spot!

To: Justice in Corrupt Arizona?!

j.peterson31
j.peterson31

this is bad. Babeu will seel out if he liks a guy, regardless of red flags. This should be a red flag to people

cmiller2900
cmiller2900

I would have hired him as well. He is way too cute! No matter how much a bad boy he is. Nice new BoyToy for the "Gay Sheriff".

Guest
Guest

Why did Babeu find this violent criminal such an attractive candidate? Anyone of us would be like, "Wow! I don't want this guy in my neighborhood, much less in uniform!" If Mueller had been a 68-year-old non-violent immigrant, Babeu would be all over the TV warning us what a dire threat he is, but as it is, he gave this thug a gun and life-and-death authority over us. It's just a matter of time until his pathological lack of judgment gets somebody killed. 

Tommy_
Tommy_

@gerry_c Not to mention that during the oral interview the candidate was able to suppress and ingest the entire expulsion of evidentiary fluids...

DNichols
DNichols

Who Murdered the Two Immigrants in Eloy?

Were they Babeu's Pal Vigilantees  wearing Cammo Garb and using Military Gear given to them by the Rump Ranger?!

This Story seems to have disapeared?

Oh well they only Murdered Two Brown People.

Justice in Third World Babeu's  Penile County?!

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