Moving Target

Vocal leader of deputy's group is candidate for dismissal

Asked why he had become an undesirable in the eyes of Arpaio, Mann answered that he believed it was a result of his several complaints about the character and practices of David Hendershott over a long period of time.

In the early 1980s, before Arpaio was elected, Mann and Hendershott were assigned to investigate narcotics cases and were supplied with cash that could be used to pay informants. Mann testified that several times, Hendershott did questionable things with his share of the cash, and Mann complained to his supervisor. "In my view Dave Hendershott was spending, when I was around him, he would spend money in situations that I would not have spent it, for food and meals," Mann said. Mann also complained to his supervisor that Hendershott was spending money and then claiming that it had been spent on Mann's cases.

Hendershott's problems with money have repeatedly come up in news stories. The sheriff's chief aide declared bankruptcy in 1986 and 1997 despite a steady, and steadily increasing, deputy's salary. By the end of 1995, Hendershott had amassed federal and state tax debts of more than $69,000. Then, in a single week in March 1996, Hendershott was able to make several payments to reduce that debt by about $15,000. He told New Times that he was able to make the payments when he refinanced his house.

But that's also the time when sales of souvenir pink boxers were peaking; deputies complained that boxes full of cash were going through Hendershott's office, unaccounted, before the money was delivered to the Posse Foundation.

Tom Bearup, then a trusted aide to Arpaio, twice informed the sheriff that deputies were complaining about Hendershott's handling of the cash. Both times, Bearup has testified, Arpaio refused to investigate. But sources interviewed by FBI agents tell New Times that the FBI has been asking questions about Hendershott and the pink-underwear money as part of a federal investigation of the sheriff's office. In January, the FBI confiscated the Posse Foundation's pink-underwear records.

Bearup says deputies came to him with the complaints about Hendershott because they felt intimidated about coming forward with damaging information about Arpaio or Hendershott.

Mann provided his own account of the intimidation deputies felt. At the time he discovered deputy Brad Dunn was tailing Tom Bearup, Mann said that he began to believe that he himself had become a target of surveillance. In his deposition, Mann testified that he went to Chief Deputy Jadel Roe with his concerns. Mann says Roe, who recently retired to a houseboat in France, warned Mann that coming forward with such complaints would make him a target. "Chief Roe described to me that I should be very concerned. The sheriff places a high premium on loyalty and that I should be very concerned. . . ." Mann said. "And I should be very careful about everything that I do."

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