That Arpaio's gang violated state statutes, particularly those that restrict the above-mentioned funds for specific uses, is self-evident.

Asked point-blank by Stapley who was responsible for the $100 million fiasco, Sheridan (the guy filling in for ex-Chief Deputy David Hendershott) hemmed and hawed.

"It's a very complex issue," he replied. "I don't think there was any one individual responsible for it."

Sheridan contended that a system set up for other purposes eventually became the way the MCSO was keeping track of which fund was paying for what. He admitted the system was not up to the task, and he asserted that the fault was complacency, not intentional wrongdoing.

Supervisor Wilcox, for one, was not appeased by Sheridan's wishy-washy answer.

"Eight years have gone by," she said of the abuses, which date back to 2003. "And there's no excuse . . . We deal with complex systems all the time. If we had run the county the way you say this was run . . . we would be in a mess."

Save for remarks by Wilcox and Stapley, both of whom faced since-dismissed criminal charges brought on by MACE probes, there was precious little outrage from the board.

Chairman Andy Kunasek praised the "change of leadership" at the MCSO (meaning Hendershott, currently on paid leave pending the release of the "Munnell Memo" investigation, on which Arpaio continues to stonewall) and called Sheridan "a breath of fresh air."

(For more on Arpaio and the Munnell Memo, see "Munnell Memo Report Complete," Valley Fever blog, April 13.)

Kunasek wants to let bygones by bygones and play nicey-nice with the sheriff. In vague references to Hendershott, he seemed ready to lay the blame at the big man's feet.

"I don't think it was just a misfortunate mistake or an oversight in the past," he remarked. "But I think those people will be dealt with if there was any intentional misconduct."

Indeed, in a letter last year from County Manager David Smith to U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and then-County Attorney Rick Romley, Smith outlined several state criminal statutes that may have been violated during the MCSO's raids on the detention fund and the inmate-services fund.

These include misappropriating restricted funds, hiding public records, theft, forgery, fraudulent schemes and practices, and tampering with public records.

Romley and the board later cross-deputized six Assistant U.S. Attorneys from Burke's office as deputy county attorneys so that they could investigate violations of state statutes. Romley's office was conflicted because it represented both the board and the sheriff.

I would like to have faith that the feds will finally do something about this and other scandals and abuses of power in Mari-Kafka County. However, Burke has to answer to his masters at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. And that's where things get political.

The feds have been slower than pack of Brazilian sloths on their various civil and criminal investigations of Arpaio's office. And next year's presidential election will add another monkey wrench.

Obama administration hacks, frightened by the echo of their own footsteps, do not want Arpaio to be an issue — even a minor one — in 2012. That's because an attack on Arpaio will be spun by the right as an attack on immigration enforcement. And woe be it to any Democrat perceived as lax on the undocumented.

Hendershott's a convenient fall guy, but everyone in the upper echelon of the MCSO should be on the hook for this one, Sheridan included. After all, the guy was in charge of the jails before Hendershott was suspended and he was handed Hendy's position.

Should Arpaio, or a handpicked successor, run for sheriff in 2012, it's a majority of voters who have to get ticked off, at long last, with all of Arpaio's costly shenanigans. You can't count on the feds to even go after the low-hanging fruit on this one.

Look at it this way. Let's say you lent your car to your neighbor so he could go the Circle K to buy some beer. But he disappears, rides your vehicle into the ground during a cross-country excursion, and uses one of your credit cards that he found in the glove compartment to pay for gas, his meals, his liquor, and a penthouse suite in Las Vegas.

Would you punch him out and call the cops or hand him the keys to your other car once he stops back in town and knocks on your door?

Get wise, people!

Otherwise, you'll have no one to blame once Joe Arpaio fleeces you — yet again.

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hippieclones
hippieclones

Why when the Sheriff, Gov., Major, Bankers get caught Stealing (lets call it what it is), they claim "Ignorance" & it's all Good.  Impoverished steal to feed their family & get 20yrs. hard time. (legalized slavery) that's all prisons are. Yeah they manage to fall over a few Killers but most inmates crime is being born into poverty. Prisons flourished when the south lost the Civil War!!! Wake up, stop allowing such inhumane activity in your community, look what it's done for our society, savages running things cannot be good. I can't believe he is still in operation!!! Why isn't he in jail??? 15 yrs. of this BS, not in my community!!1nfw

 

Spamola5
Spamola5

I cannot stand Sheriff Joe, but need to say its not just him the police in Az are  corrupt, was stopped in gilbert az am disabled told them did not no my rights have never been in troubled, was doubled handcuffed, never read my rights , was made to sign papers without glasses,when i told the officer was going to get lawyer, was in my home 7 peace officers stormed into my house,without a warrant, 8 months later the test from my blood being drawn came back these are not the medicines i take had to spend a night in lower buckeye jail, was not treated in different then anyone else, we were all treated like dogs, its been a night mare i am afraid of the police in az never been in trouble, the police officer doubled handcuffed me that night 105 pd women disabled never told me my  rights, oh by the way had old DL with ex husband name Sanchez do you think this had anything to do with this, where are my rights? We the people of Az need to take back are state Governor Brewer taking 50 million from mortgage settlement Sheriff Joe got to go, on the other hand when you go into mexico if you  spit on the payment they throw you in jail do we go sue ? have you every been in Mexican prisons ,my problem is that all people need to be treated fairly not just Latinos you come into are country , you should not be living off of us, how many us citizens are getting health care how many children are going hungry every night, there is 2 sides to every story, do believe we are all Gods children.,Where are my rights US   citizen police violated my rights why is no one helping me?

A New Englander
A New Englander

Sheriff Joe should not just be voted out of office, he should be indicted and if convicted, go to jail. Too bad he probably won't serve his time in his own jail. But I agree with this article. The voters of Maricopa County are to blame. I love visiting Arizona but until the people of Arizona do the right thing and get rid of this racist buffoon, I will not spend any money in the state. Perhaps you will say that this is not fair because not everyone in Arizona is like Sheriff Joe but then, you DID elect this clown.

Alan scott
Alan scott

"Just how dumb does Sheriff Joe Arpaio think the voters of Maricopa County are?"

Pretty fucking dumb. 1196 days and counting worth of dumb. That's because most Maricodependence voters are as old and self serving as he is. They watch the local news, still buy newspapers, drive 50 mph in the freeway fast-lanes with their turn signals on, travel 30 miles to eat three bites of food at a Mexican buffet because they think they're getting a good deal, and believe that the rest of us owe them a living. If they were young enough to get erections in tent glory-holes, they'd probably be occupying Wall Street right now, or reporting on it.

Instead you have pre-trial victims feeding beef bologna to guards through tent glory-holes because all THEY get to eat is rancid slices of bologna from Korean War K-rations.

The rest of you apparently don't bother to vote. If a limp dick like Arpaihole can last longer than you lot, I suggest you buy some Preparation H and learn to work standing up.

Stoney-Browning
Stoney-Browning

Joe Arpaio is a nothing but a prick on two legs! He's a throw-back that needs to be removed from office, and flung into his tent city jail! The Department of Justice needs to take over the whole MCSO, and drag the whole thing out into the light of day!

Oh, by the way! Mark? The president that sent this country on a slide to Hell was BUSH!!! Obama's problem is, he refuses to get rid of Bush's policies! Get rid of the tax breaks for millionaires, and subsidies for Oil Barons, and we'll have more money!

JULIO
JULIO

It doesn't matter,the people know he is trying his best to operate in a sea of liberals.Liberals are worse than the illegals ;they are traitors to this great nation.Illegals cost the U.S.A millions upon millions of dollars and take the pressure off corrupt, broken down mexico to take care of it's own hard working people.

Mark Wakeford
Mark Wakeford

This article wreaks of a mexican Democrat! What IS amazing is that none of YOU morons is bothered one bit about the black moron in the white pissing away 135 TRILLION dollars of YOUR hard earned money. Yet, you are so troubled by how Arpaio used 100 million $ to deport ILLEGAL immigrants, Drug dealers, sex offenders and murderers. Next election I am sure YOU will vote for a moron like obama to sheriff Maricopa County. Open our borders! Let the Mexicans take over! United States will be a cess pool like Mexico in 100 years.

Coz
Coz

They are dumber than rocks and Bozo Joe knows it.

>>Just how dumb does Sheriff Joe Arpaio think the voters of Maricopa County are?

SteveE
SteveE

My wife and I attended this morning's MC Supervisor's formal meeting downtown (5/11/11). We were there to follow up on another unrelated neighborhood issue on the agenda that was of direct interest to us and did expect the verbal fireworks that ensued in opposition to His Excellency Sheriff Arpaio. During the public open discussion period, numerous brave citizens did a wonderful job speaking out on the MCSO corruption issue, calling the Board to task and going on record in favor of placing the Sheriff's office in Federal receivership. These included representatives of the LUCHA organiztion and a group of Latinos from Guadaloupe. A handful of Arpaio supporters sat silently, electing not to voice their support of the Jokester. Instead a couple of them walked out of the meeting, muttering oaths sotto voce as they went, and after the meeting adjourned we saw them gathered among a handful of pro-Arpaio demonstrators numbering no more than a dozen or so holding signs and shouting slogans out on the front plaza.

Lmsmith
Lmsmith

granted he loves the press,,but think about it he does his job & lets no one get in his way if you all would stop and think for i minute about if all elected officials in this country did there job like he does his we would not be in a mess like we are now (illigal still means Illigal) ect. or did you all miss that part in school,the true problem in this country is you all think ass backwards.ilove this country with all my hart & it bothers me to see were its headed.at this rate in 50 years we will be owned by china or any other country we borrow from.

take a good look at the county supervisors they are the first to hold out there hands for what ever the lawsuits bring that they file and all of us are paying for it.or they hire a retired chief back & pay him double the wages and he to is a crook.these are just a few examples,teacher get fired & the board rehires retired ones as consultants and pay thim double also + retirement all these things are because you voted for thim just like scherif joe .

Gotazgold
Gotazgold

"his Hispanic-hunting escapades" Really, is that how you want to paint this image in our minds? How about obeying the laws we already have in place! The last time I checked it's illegal to be in this country illegally.

tromy
tromy

I can't believe anyone would vote for this megalomaniac. I'm hoping the balance tips the other way and this reign of corruption ends.

fountain Hills resident
fountain Hills resident

I find it humorous that Fountain Hills contracts with MCSO for police services, that the sheriff lives here, and that there's a corner on Saguaro Blvd. in Fountain Hills that regularly sports a group of a dozen or so hispanic men looking for work in the morning. I wonder why there hasn't been an illegal immigrant sweep here ... could it be that it wouldn't result in significant coverage from the press? Or would it adversely affect the sheriff's landscaping expenses?

Concerned citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned citizen/Taxpayer

Stephen, Your outstanding investigative reporting is a great public service. You have done job unsnarling Maricopa County and the state of Arizona snarled web of deceit and corruption.

In-Tents-If-I
In-Tents-If-I

This is article it so poorly written and biased it should land the writer in the tents

F LA
F LA

Go Joe! No real Arizonan is going to let him go.

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Calvin
Calvin

Hey Idiots at least he has the guts to stand up for the United States and the illegal immigrantswho cost much more than you dummies realize. American jobs, they use servable welfare programs, school have to also teach in Spanish even through America speaks English, then there is the hospital visits that cost us the tax payers. WAKE UP AMERICA, THEY GOT TO GO.YESTERDAY IN FLORIDA THEY NATULIZED 51 PEOPLE THE RIGHT WAY INTO THE UNITED STATES

Realize This
Realize This

Illegals cost taxpayer millions but Arpaio is costing taxpayers millions as much as the illegals. Can't these stupid asses here in Arizona realize that? Costing taxpayers over $100 millions and these dumbasses still vote for them. They said he does his job for the citizens. BULLSHIT!!!! I live in a county neighborhood for 4 years and they never come whenever I called them. I should of said their are illegal here just to make them come.

14401
14401

Everybody goes but Joe. The country supervisors are all suspect for one thing or another. Will vote differently this time around. I'd vote for Joe everyday.

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And it aslo does not matter if he Nabbed any illegals in that dry Cleaner raid at least he is trying and I think any Business that is suspect to hiring illegals Should be Looked into and raided if that is What it takes can't make a cake without breaking a few eggs and since When is illegal aliens rights more Important than the American Citizens rights We have the right not to be invaded by Illegal aliens who just come here and take the tax payers money while hoarding money themselves they drive new pick up trucks yet sit in the county hospital with all the little anchor Babies they must stop the birth right Citizenship too!!!

Rdddrury
Rdddrury

we need more Sheriff's like Araio You Sniveling little whiney baby's are going to let our Country go to the Mexicans then you will Complain about that I think they Should Bring caning to the USA justice System we have rolled over far too long Go Arpaio!!!!!

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Stop being Stupid in AZ!!
Stop being Stupid in AZ!!

Under no circumstances will I ever vote for Sheriff Arpaio ever again. I have been fooled once and NEVER again. He is nothing short of a thug. At least the "illegals" are only responsible for being undocumented. Arpaio is like the mafia and I can only hope and pray that justice gets done ... and soon by the FBI!

Guest
Guest

The fact of the matter is, I don't trust Stephen Lemons, Ray Stern, or any of the New Times staff as far as I can throw them. They are completely biased smear merchants of the worst kind. They're so far left-wing they make Mao look like Ronald Reagan. After the psychotic obsession the New Times has exhibited in trying to "get" Arpaio and in the sex lives of his staff, I'm more inclined than ever to vote for Arpaio.

El Bruce
El Bruce

All of the things you are claiming liberals do are being demonstrably done by Arpaio, as explained in the article above.

El Bruce
El Bruce

To pick just one point from your comment at random, Arpaio's office has actually been declining to investigate sex offenders, with over 400 cases backlogged and no legwork done on any of them.

Murdockthefirst
Murdockthefirst

What pond did your scum ass crawl out from Wakeford! "Mexican Democrat", "black moron"!What a vocabulary!You know stealing is just that! Stealing! Sherriff all blow Joe is a real work of art!I Bet you are to! Are you really that lame?!Yes I guess you are! Better wake up boy! Oh Joe will be gone soon!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

>>Just how dumb does Sheriff Joe Arpaio think the voters of Maricopa County are?

There ya go - prime example.

There are so many factual errors in your post Mark that it doesn't even pay to try to correct them. You are an ignorant friggin idiot.

SteveE
SteveE

Typo correction: We did NOT expect the verbal fireworks

Flame_psycho
Flame_psycho

Yeah, he lets no one get away. Law Abiding Citizen, Legal Aliens, Judges who ruled against him, County Supervisors asking too many questions, News Reporters releasing Public Accessible Information. Inmates who haven't been convicted yet, Inmates who require a basic standard of care. No one "gets away" unless they move to another state. What's sad is that is actually happening. Not just illegals and those who hire them (not sad to see them go) but Hispanic AMERICANS who are trying to do their jobs without the cynical Sheriff and his men sneering over their shoulders.

Flame_psycho
Flame_psycho

Legal Citizens aren't illegals, and in this state, there are a ton of "Hispanics" who are legal. Either by birth or by fighting for permanent citizenship. Guadelupe, for example, is primarily YAQUI NATIVE AMERICANS, who, although they have traditional ties to Mexico, are mainly US CITIZENS HERE FOR GENERATIONS!

A Cage for Dime-bag Joe
A Cage for Dime-bag Joe

This pretty much sums up the Arpaio police-state mentality: criticize, and we'll come for you in the middle of the night.

How did this dime-bag piece of shit manage to survive this long in a supposedly free state like Arizona?

hippieclones
hippieclones

Then why is Maryland & l3 other states "begging" Mexicans to come work in their great cities??  (white's are too lazy) I'm white but not proud of it today.  Americans are good people, caring people, so where the hell are they??? Protecting people is what Americans do, not torture & abuse as these govt. officials are doing today, Police States everywhere I turn, this America or Georgian where News is censored?? Journalists are being imprisoned & tortured for releasing the Truths about govt. & the biotech co.s poisoning us all with GMO's, knowing they cause Infertlity, cancer, birth defects, diabetis, obesity etc...Wikileaks releaseds this, look where they are now??  We have relinquished all our Freedoms to these Criminal politicians, now we have to fight to get them back, again (this is what the right does) we move one step forward & two steps back..VOTING 33 TIMES to overturn What we Voted FOR!!! costing us $56 Million everytime.  Priorities People, get them straight before it's too late.

OCCUPY   OCCUPY    OCCUPY!!!!!1 

Anon
Anon

calvin, What does natulized mean? Were you educated in Arizona?

ZachHenry
ZachHenry

http://azeconomy.eller.arizona...

Get your numbers straight pal. Besides, Arpaio arrests less immigrants than either Phoenix or Mesa PDs, despite having a much bigger jurisdiction. He's just a much bigger media whore, and you've bought into his phony image like a teenage girl for a boy band.

Gray Race
Gray Race

And that stupid ass Arpaio is costing us the taxpayer millions here in Maricopa county over wasteful spending and law suit settlements. Him and his goons stole millions from taxpayer money but dipshit like you keep voting for him just because he bust some dude working at a taco shop.

Phonse65
Phonse65

Calvin, to vote for Joe, in light of all the crap he's been allowed to get away with; is to endorse his tactics, his racism, his $100 million I.O.U., etc., etc., IMO he has been the poorest leader, at any level in this joke of a county. So many condoning his questionably legal/illegal Bull. Someday soon he will be forced, to the sound of laughter, to surrender his badge.

When Joey is "out" who will pickup the tab for his "presidential-like security?" Hell at that time I wouldn't be within a mile of him. I wouldn't want my death to be referred to as colleteral damage. Anyone physically near him is at risk..

Stoney-Browning
Stoney-Browning

Next time tell the dispatch there are three Latinos in front of your house, passing a joint around with a guy that looks like Tommy Chong! You'll get enough cops to make a Clint Eastwood movie!

Coz
Coz

Thank you for letting us know how uneducated you are.

EliotNess
EliotNess

Arpaio should be due for a huge awakening. Remember when he totaled his cruiser and didn't have the guts to admit his mistake. The guy needs to go out in disgrace, its unfortunate so many of the voters have not used their intelligence when voting in the past. Hopefully they will have learned something. I wait for the day that he led away in handcuffs and has his mugshot post. Long live the Frackin idiot sheriff of Maricopa County!

hippieclones
hippieclones

Sounds as though your describing the republicans, hoarding "our" money, staeling our jobs, our Rights, our freedom is all on the line now.  Republicans now think their Too Big To Fail, accept, that is not true.  History proves it & will again but it will take a Revolution for sure to get all these criminals out of our system, our govt. it's so corrupted now.  All we can do is, tear it down & start all over 'again'! this will be my 3rd time wittnessing history in the making.  I marched for Dr, King, against Viet Nam war, against nuclear plants, Pollution, Iraq,  the list keeps getting longer??? US seems to be Dumbing Down, fox owns all airwaves so they censor All News...we have "One" Free Speech channel, to their 240, & nobody is Allowed to advertise on this channel, hoping to silence them once n for all. Don't you want to know the Truths?/  I guess it is easier to turn a blind eye to the Atrocities & just go shopping. (their counting on that).Your not letting them down...Sad day for America.

hippieclones
hippieclones

We need for all you Bigots, racists to die off so we can have a Peaceful Civil Society.

Coz
Coz

But yet you will trust a corrupt piece of shit like Bozo Joe Arpaio.No wonder this placed is so fucked up.

Concerned citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned citizen/Taxpayer

Guest, The fact of the matter is the articles are filled with facts. This is where we come to become informed of the truth few dare write about. We thank the New Times and their owners and outstanding reporters for the public service they provide -- not found anywhere else in the local media.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Well, you're free to leave and not come back. What's keeping you here?

sTAN
sTAN

Fuck you bitch,,,,

Coz
Coz

Bullshit....

Anon
Anon

well said.

Concerned citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned citizen/Taxpayer

How about the luxury penthouse suite of offices in the Wells Fargo building? This is a sham and rip-off of the taxpayers.

A Cage for Dime-bag Joe
A Cage for Dime-bag Joe

Not uneducated. Uneducated can be fixed.

14401 is plain old stupid. There's no cure for that.

Guest
Guest

Wow, way to show your ignorance there sTan

 
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