By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Over the past several years, Arpaio, with the help of fired ex-Chief Deputy David Hendershott, swiped $100 million from taxpayer-protected funds to pay for the sheriff's pet projects, which most definitely did not include investigating hundreds of sex crimes victimizing Maricopa County women and children.
Add to that amount the more than $50 million in lawsuit costs, settlements, and payouts because of deaths in Maricopa County jails, the harassment of Arpaio's enemies and critics, and his bigoted policies targeting county Latinos.
And there will be more to come, from legal actions still pending on various cases, from the Tasing and beat-down killing of Army veteran Marty Atencio to the ongoing lawsuit over the death of diabetic jail inmate Deborah Braillard to the $30 million notice of claim against the county by a victim of repeated rape and incest, whose case was shelved by MCSO investigators on orders from on high.
The county can no longer afford the price tag of Arpaio's bread and circuses, his unslakable ego, and his criminal dereliction of duty.
Arpaio repeatedly and arrogantly has violated public trust, the U.S. Constitution, and his oath of office to protect and serve.
Four more years of Sheriff Joe will further empty public coffers. The dead will continue to pile up in his lockups. And the sheriff's backward, Third World mentality will persist in retarding public life in Maricopa County.
One mark of a good candidate is stamina, and Penzone's appearance at SCC demonstrated that he has it.
He'd been up since 6 a.m., when he was scheduled for an interview with an East Coast website. And his day was filled, as it has been since he declared his intention to run, with appearances, fundraisers, meetings and — perhaps most importantly — making calls to prospective donors.
Penzone is seated before the crowd with two other candidates, 6th Congressional District hopeful Matt Jette (on the ballot as a Dem, though recently he declared he's an Independent) and David Ortega, running for county supervisor against Republican Steve Chucri in District 2.
Chucri has sent a stand-in, who, amusingly, cannot answer many of the questions on behalf of his boss. Still, Chucri is one up on Arpaio, who was on the bill but is a no-show.
Arpaio would never appear at the same event with his rival. The contrast between the two men would be too stark.
The sheriff only makes campaign appearances at events where he will be worshipped. To sit next to a younger, more articulate candidate and wait for his turn to speak is something the "shurf" of Maricopa County cannot countenance.
Initially, Penzone looks tired and disinterested, as if skipping the event for a good night's rest would have been a better idea. But after Jette is finished with his opening remarks, it's Penzone's turn, and suddenly it's as if someone replaced his batteries and pushed his "Go" button.
Eight years as the head of the Phoenix Police Department's Silent Witness program, the nonprofit that offers rewards for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in a host of crimes, from armed robbery to serial murder, has served him well.
He clearly knows how to speak, how to hold an audience with a mixture of anecdotes, pointed remarks, a little autobiography, and the occasional joke. At first, Penzone relates how his Italian-American parents moved to Arizona from New Jersey when he was 10.
"I will playfully tell you that Jersey Shore the TV show does not represent those of us from New Jersey," he offers. "And I will tell you very seriously in the same fashion that our current sheriff does not represent those of us from Arizona."
He discusses his 21 years as a cop, his work as an undercover narcotics officer, and later as a cross-deputized agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, dismantling large drug-dealing organizations with the assistance of federal wiretaps. Plus, he offers a bit of motivation.
Early on in his career, a friend of the family pulled him aside and asked him where his authority as a policeman came from. Penzone replied that the Arizona Revised Statutes and the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions gave it to him.
"He said, 'You're correct, but you're wrong,'" Penzone recalls. "'The reason I say that you're wrong is that the people give you your authority. They're the ones that empower you to act on their behalf.
'"It is a privilege that you must treat with respect and understand that the same person you put handcuffs on or the victim that you care for are the ones that gave you the power to act in that fashion.'"
Penzone's personnel file with the Phoenix PD is testament that he's followed that high-minded advice. His career has been exemplary, his performance reviews glowing. Save for two minor car accidents in his early years, there are no blemishes. There's even a letter from, of all people, Sheriff Arpaio, written to Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris, thanking his department, including Penzone, who was then with Silent Witness, for assistance in the capture of a murder suspect and the safe return of two kidnapped children.
The problem is that the people who hate Arpaio so much are generally too stoned or in jail to actually vote in the election. It is the same story year-in-and-year-out. Can't you guys report on something else for once?
Yeah! The Penzone campaigners stopped by our home, gave us hand-outs for our large upscale neighborhood and also planted a yard sign! Way to go! That's more then we ever got from a sheriff who lives in his "ivory tower" in the penthouse suite of offices in the luxury Wells Fargo Bank building.
get used to it, tumphrey-dump. Arpaio's gonna lose. and you'll have to get used to readin bout the new sheriff...
Good Lord, you've been running this propaganda piece for days. You comsoclibprogs are on the side of the criminals. Sheriff Joe is against criminals. So am I. So stuff it!
Bravo Mr. Lemons! Hadn't heard of Penzone before but my first impression of the guy is- wow. He doesn't sound like the typical candidate running for office and he doesn't sound like a cop either- both are good. Will check into this guy further and post this article on facebook. It's hardly a campaign with one candidate being a household name and the others just a name printed on the ballot. A race should at the very least, be interesting. Win or lose this his bid for Sheriff, I hope to hear more from him in the future and from any like-minded family members or friends he may have as well. Sensing a change in the wind here.
This article is so old. Take it out today along with several other that have been there for a long time.
If you want to help turn up the heat, VOLUNTEER WITH THE MARICOPA COUNTY DEMOCRATS! You can be part of a huge historic win, or you can wish you had.
Had enough of a County Sheriff being the anointed defacto-Governor of Arizona.
Time for term limits for County Sheriffs and DA's/County Attorneys! Folks, contact your legislators and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and demand revised laws. We are hearing people are at risk for arrest attending the MCBOS meetings. Tyranny?
Where's the debate between Sheriff Arpaio and his opponent Paul Penzone? The public has questions that demand answers. The arpaio ads are deceptive and outright lies.
is there any recent (as in the last two weeks) polling data on this race? and if not, why not? also, is there going to be any kind of public debate between candidates? other than signs on corners (and not many of those), I don't see anyone in this race doing much to try to actually win.
As a retired law enforcement professional I would encourage all voters of Maricopa County to place their votes this year for PAUL PENZONE.
Paul is the person who will be the voice of reason and will be able direct the MCSO staff to create and carry out solutions to the problems existing within the agency, most of which have developed due to a lack of professional leadership from the current sheriff.
Paul knows the task will be daunting, yet he is eager to start working on it, knowing it will take every bit of the first four year term to transition MCSO into a professional law enforcement agency.
We, the voters and taxpayers, deserve such an agency.
Paul Penzone, the New Sheriff.
I have read lots of comments on AOL, and Yahoo, on different subjects, but a lot of these comments that are posted here uses some of the filthiest language. Can't you comment without using filthy language to get your point across? The ones using this language should be ashamed of yourselves, grow up.
Yes of course, this makes complete strategic sense. Let's vote someone in who is younger than Arpaio and has the same policies therefore ensuring they live on for decades to come. Lemons, I get it, you are totally desperate, the last thing to do while desperate is make bad decisions.
Yes, Mr. Stephen Lemons, I am a member of the "divisive hateful" Tea Party. Don't tell me the Democrats are not divisive. And you write as though you are as hateful as I am. The difference between you and me is that I am anti-criminal and you are pro-criminal, as are all of you comsoclibprogs. So, my vote goes to Sheriff Joe!
Pinhead Penzone dont have a chance to soft on illegals ....................... Joe needs to finish his job and fry Obama
Yeah, because the snowbird dodos who vote for him are all residents of AZ and registered voters. Based on your response, you probably also think Obama's really working hard............
to improve things like his golf handicap.
If any voter would just look at what you useless turds did to your own states before you decided you couldn't live in the shitholes you created and move here, they would vote Sheriff Joe for life. As nursemomski1 so eloquently stated, Go back to where you came from and take the illegals and homos with you.
Arpaio | Wells Fargo = turning Arizona into a prison state. The mass incarceration of Arizona's people is shameful. Time for the legislators to be held accountable with their relationship to a County Sheriff!
@tomphrey1 I hope you realize that Arpaio isn't as tough on crime as he claims to be. There are currently 40,000 outstanding felony warrants in Maricopa county as well as those 430+ uninvestigated sex crimes. Penzone deserves a chance he will spend money on prosecuting crime and not his own political gains.
Mr. Humphrey, you have the choice to not open the New Times site so you don't have to see this "propaganda piece". But you choose not to. Because I personally see the need for a new sheriff and I post my opinion here you say that I am on the side of criminals. Yet I am a decorated military veteran and a retired police officer. You seem to be suffering mental myopia.
@jhafford I might be getting old but haven’t lost my sanity yet!
@jhafford I'm volunteering!
Arpaio, debate someone? ROFL!!!!
Pass whatever it is your smokin there truth :)
We will VOTE FOR PAUL PENZONE for Maricopa County Sheriff 2012 and if anyone cares about a better Arizona, they need to vote for PAUL PENZONE!
@karmavsdogma_42The old man will NOT debate. He doesn't get involved in two way conversations. He only talks TO people.
Paul Penzone meets daily with groups throughout the county, including 'debates' where the three candidates are all invited, but only two might show up.
@Tommy_Collins As a retired law enforcement professional, and registered Republican, I second your motion! There is no need to allow the Shurff to continue costing the taxpayers millions of dollars because he is an egotist, not a law enforcement manager.
@cliff fuck off, you sniveling little cunt.
@tomphrey1 From 2002 to 2011 the number of violent crimes in areas served by the Maricopa County Sher-iff’s Office increased by an incredible 41%, from 628 to 884 violent crimes. That’s 256 MORE murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults than 9 years ago.
For the parts of Maricopa not served by the Sheriff, there was a 19% drop in violent crime for the same period. That’s 3,428 FEWER murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults than 9 years ago.
If the whole County had been run the way Sheriff Arpaio runs his part, there would have been nearly 8,000 more dead, raped, robed or assaulted Maricopans. What words are there for that dismal performance on the part of Sheriff Arpaio?
Utter dangerous incompetence.
@novastarz47 focus on Arizona, your own backyard where there is enough corruption from top to the bottom for you to attack. Those who are part of the corruption and created the mess in Arizona are the ones who mention Obama -- to deflect the peoples' attention. Sick transparent game you all play.
@novastarz47 If there really is a God, both Arpaio and Obama will both be gone in November...end of problem!
@novastarz47Seriously? A local county sheriff in Arizona (one of fifteen) is going to 'fry' Obama? Explain, please, how that might happen.
@goGayGreenHornet And how are your top leaders / law makers and enforcers doing in Arizona? What a hell-hole you all live in.
ElephantintheRoom The only thing I see here that's useless is your ranting and raving about how you are so fucking good and everyone else that disagrees with you is shit !Hey fuck head You are the one that needs to leave (if you even live here) and go somewhere else and find your WHITE utopea . Arizona is my home and has been for over 63 years .....I can tell you Jo the JOKE sucks buttermilk and so does anyone that is sheepishly blind and follows him !
@ElephantintheRoom go back to where you came from? like Arpaio? he's not from here. nor are the snowbird dodos who vote for him
@nursemomski1 If you're voting for neo-republicans then yes you have. A bunch of right wing extremists trying to knock back all the progress we've made in the last 100 years.
@Flyer9753 sorry, I'm a non-smoker.
@Tommy_Collins @karmavsdogma_42 Any polling data? I've got a local news filter set up on Google news, but I don't see any mention of Penzone (unless it's from the New Times) or Stauffer (unless it's from DeeDee and the Tucson Citizen) or Joe (ever). I think the majority of people who live in Maricopa county year-round are pretty fed up with Joe's shenanigans, but I don't see much happening from the other candidates to encourage voters to vote FOR them. They seem to be relying on the "anyone but Joe" vote, and that may not be enough, especially when Penzone and Stauffer (or, at least, their supporters) seem to spend more time fighting against each other than Joe.
@GreenHornet GH, the MCSO shurf is from Springfield, MA. According to my confidential sources, he is not well-liked or well received.
@karmavsdogma_42 @Tommy_CollinsKarma, the Penzone campaign ran a full page ad yesterday (Sunday) in the Az Republic http://www.penzone2012.com/images/uploads/PenzoneRepublicAd.pdf
I don't know about polling data at this point, however. It's very important that we use all resources to help get the word out.