Sheriff Arpaio's New Office Has 574 Square Feet, Says County; Agency Moving From Wells Fargo Building in August

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Big office for a big ego: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's new office in the agency's soon-to-be-finished building will be 574 square feet, says a county official.
Arpaio's new office just might be bigger than your first apartment.

When the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office headquarters moves this summer from the downtown Phoenix Wells Fargo building to its new digs on Fifth Street and Jackson, the tough-talking, 20-year sheriff will be welcomed into a personal office in the new building of no less than 574 square feet.

That's a luxurious amount of office space for any would-be humble servant of the people.

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The new Maricopa County Sheriff's Office headquarters and 911 call center, expected to be ready by August, includes a 574-square-foot office for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The office is part of a new 125,000-square-foot headquarters and 911 call center for the agency being built at a cost of more than $90 million.

Just a few short years ago, Arpaio was ready to help his corrupt ally, disgraced former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, prosecute county leaders, judges, and lawyers partly out of concern that a new county courthouse was too fancy. That was then.

With Thomas up the creek and another election safely behind him, Arpaio is now ready to serve his sixth term from a cozy, cavernous monument to his ego.

The space will be outfitted with a conference table in addition to Arpaio's desk and decor, says county spokeswoman Cari Gerchick.

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But it's not like Arpaio will have to suffer meetings in his own office while trying to give an interview to friendly, out-of-state news media, since the 125,000-square-foot building will house other conference rooms.

Arpaio claims he doesn't handle the day-to-day affairs of the office, anyway, at least if anything's going wrong. Although he claims to work 14 hours a day, it's unclear what he does apart from meeting with schoolkids, possible contributors, and members of the news media and other outlets for his obsession with publicity.

Regardless, when he does sit down at a conference table for a staff meeting, actual law enforcement work is the last thing he wants to talk about. Political schemes, sex jokes and trips down memory lane -- the latter being what County Attorney Bill Montgomery referenced as the "nursing home" side of Arpaio -- are more likely to come up.

You can hear what one of his staff meetings sounds like thanks to a secret recording made at one a few years ago.

One thing the big office doesn't come with, though, is a private crapper.

Arpaio, 80, will have to share a restroom at the HQ, Gerchick says.



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DNichols
DNichols

As a House warming gift for Arpaio's new Office with the fancy garden in front Joe Supporters should mail Arpaio cardboard boxes filled with flower seeds (Pink Pansies), and top grade Steer Manure.

Please make sure to attach proper postage stamps to the gift boxes before dropping in the mail.

Address Boxes to: "The Pink Pansie."

Rudy Garza
Rudy Garza

WTFreak . gimme gimme gimme. Give him a tent and make him pay for his own court fees

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

I wouldn't doubt if there's a hidden door conducting to where the SHREDERS might be located and probably space for the "SECOND SET OF BOOKS", U know, with such a big space for an Office.lol.

marcy
marcy

There needs to be extra room for Joe's geriatric nursing care.  

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The Jokers shouldn't get an office.  Just a tent at Tent City.  He likes tents.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

To find out the facts Nick all you have to do is Google the question, and when you find the article just www.snopes.com it, to see if it is indeed true, happy hunting!!! ~Ed

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Joseph M. Arpaio Memorial Law Center!  Oh, yeah and how did the no-shitter oversight occur? Who's responsible? He should go to the guillotine!

robert_graham
robert_graham

I wouldn't complain, why does Ray Stern or any of his fellow crionies deserve the big offices they have?  And if you want to talk about wasting taxpayer money, how much is the Recall campaign costing the taxpayers of Maricopa County after they just reelected him for a sixth term?  Truth is, it's okay if you spend money but not okay if others do.  Personally I think Arpaio deserves a 3,000 square foot office.  You should see http://respectarizona.info because it has been updated with lots of new information.  Read it and weep you lousy bastards.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

In other unimportant news it appears that coppers in Flagstaff have an 'investigative lead' in the latest media mush conspiracy from MCSO. A confidential source said someone was seen brushing the outside of a box with a black powder before the box was 'discovered' by a postal worker. The source said that the person involved worked for a sheriff department in the Phoenix area. Hmmmmm.............

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Well, Puente wanted him out of Wells Fargo, so now they can celebrate victory.

Nick Atkins
Nick Atkins

Edward you are obviously an educated individual, do you have actual stats on the 1.5billion (and no Fox news doesn't count sorry, neither does MSNBC or CNN please cite REAL sources). I understand Obama took his family on vacation to Hawaii, but Arapio sent his goons there also to investigate the birther accusations (where they hassled an elderly woman at the hospital). I am not trying to make you insult your political leaning I am just curious about this exact number you have of travel expenses and what exactly constitutes as bullshit? I mean Arapio has spent some good taxpayer money on some "bullshit" too, but I need a definition from you first on exactly what that means. Let me know when we have some facts ( I know other's will chime in now too) so let's make this interesting.

Joshua Schlag
Joshua Schlag

I'm nowhere close to being an Arpaio supporter, but that doesn't seem like such a huge office...

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

In most businesses of any size, there are strict guidelines as to how much space you get, depending on your position.  Where does it say in the county guidelines that the Clown sheriff should get enough space that he could have a swimming pool installed?  Maybe even have 5 Henderblimp sized assistants living in his office?

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Give the guy a fucking break New Times, it's not like he spent 1.5 BILLION Dollars on BULLSHIT & TRAVEL in one year like your PRECIOUS OBAMA! .....you Liberal turds need to STFU and get off of Joe's back!!!!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

OVER 500 SQFT FOR 1 FUCKING OFFICE?!?!?!??!?!

WTF??

Granted he is a fat fuck who needs more doorway space than the average person but he's not THAT fat!

Must need storage space for his diapers.... er... Depends (same thing)

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@marcy, and don't forget about space for Jaffy's bunk where He can sleep while taking care of the diaper changing.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@marcy And extra wide doorss so his hospital bed can be wheeled in and out.

crbullseye
crbullseye

@Edward Anthony Green  Good hell you're a complete and utter moron! You quote a far right wing site and think that makes it credible? Dumb as a rock!

mistermickey
mistermickey

@JoeArpaioFan why? because ray stern's wife is the editor of the New Times. It's the only "job" he could get.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@Jaffy,..."Personally I think Arpaio deserves a 3, 000 square foot office"...U mean like DURANGO 8, that'll fit Him perfectly, even U, His minions and the loonies will fit in there.HA HA HA. LOOSER

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan 

ROFL!!!! 

Everything you mention is paid for with PRIVATE funds, not public ones, so like usual, you are doing nothing more than flapping your lips, trying to make wind

Oh, looked at your "website" (ROFL!) the other day, I see you took down all the comments and comment software. What's wrong? Can't handle that NO ONE agreed with you? Even on your own website? Can't handle the criticism you were getting on your own site? 

Yeah I guess it is much easier to be delusional when you don't allow people to post facts in response to your drivel

crbullseye
crbullseye

@Edward Anthony Green Your a pathetic lout without a doubt!

DNichols
DNichols

Yeah for an Old Gas Bag like Arpaio I hope this little space is Well Ventilated.

crbullseye
crbullseye

@Edward Anthony Green Time to give Mom back her computer!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @Tommy_Collins  

gee... what a relief, Jaffy guarantees it

That and a $1.50 will get me a cup of coffee... normally those are only a buck but when you mention Jaffy's 'guarantee' the price goes up since they associate you with the lying loser Jaffy is

Hey Jaffy, when are you going to publish my name like you said you would?? I'm waiting for all the free publicity you will be giving me.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@JoeArpaioFan JAF, the next time you're cleaning the heads in the men's room, look around you. It's probably close to 10 x 5 or so. That is 50 square feet. Now, imagine a room containing SIX of those same restrooms. WOW. Now do you get it, or are you still confusing your mom's 12 x 60 trailer as being 5,000 square feet in size? (It's actually 720 square feet). I typed this slowly for you, JAF.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I guess as a PIO you would be in a position to know.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @Flyer9753  

gee.. really??

notice that was not the extent of my comment so why are you pointing that out??

I guess that's just what trolls do.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Tommy_Collins That's news to me...I haven't heard anything even remotely similiar...and there are plenty of rumors and speculation going around.

DNichols
DNichols

@Flyer9753

I think Arpaio is knocking on a door to a far warmer place than Phoenix.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins @Flyer9753  

Makes sense. As Whoknows says, the oxygen and a few other things in relation to his hospital stay were more than a little "odd" to anyone who knows medicine. 

About time, assuming it happens, that the BOS actually starts doing their job and looking at performance and exercising their ability to make changes in MCSO instead of hiding behind Arpaio's skirts

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins @Flyer9753 

Interesting.  I thought that there must have been a reason for the fall that has yet to be made public.  The O2 in the hospital seemed odd.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@Flyer9753 @Tommy_Collins Sorry, Flyer. I'm afraid it's mostly hopeful speculation. Some of my MCSO friends are talking about the 'fall' being much more than a trip on a sidewalk seam. There is speculation that the Board of Supervisors will be appointing a new sheriff within the next three months to fill the current term of the elderly guy. Rumor has it that a broken shoulder is the least of his problems...

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins 

"according to sources from within the agency anyway"

please do tell sir :)

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@WhoKnows @JoeArpaioFan Funny you should mention a trailer. When I was first married we rented an 8x40 trailer near Ft. Carson. 320 square feet for two of us. His office has nearly double that area. At least his successor will benefit. I don't think he will be around to move into the new place, according to sources from within the agency anyway.

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