About the federal probe of Gaffney and the others, Chief Henry claims it's based on "politically motivated allegations that have no merit."

Gaffney, states the PCSO's website, is tasked with answering questions about the Sheriff's Office from the media and promoting "external and internal communication." In addition, the site says, Gaffney's public-information office "strives for excellence in public relations."

However, he's frequently refused to answer media questions and has tried to intimidate and publicly discredit journalists who write critical articles about the office.

Former PCSO Deputy Hank Mueller (left) with Sheriff Paul Babeu, Governor Jan Brewer, and PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.
Former PCSO Deputy Hank Mueller (left) with Sheriff Paul Babeu, Governor Jan Brewer, and PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.
Jayme Valenzuela
Jayme Valenzuela

One tactic Gaffney has employed is telling reporters that their own colleagues don't find them credible.

In June 2011, for instance, Arizona Daily Star reporters Tim Steller and Brady McComb wrote an article debunking claims that border-hawk Babeu made in the Ahwatukee Foothill News that "a significant percentage of illegal immigrants caught in Pinal County are from countries other than Mexico, including 'countries of interest' such as Yemen, Somalia, and Syria."

The Tucson newspaper reported that U.S. Department of Homeland Security data show "there's been no people from 'special interest' countries arrested in Pinal County over the last three-plus years."

At the bottom of the Daily Star's story online, Gaffney's name is on a comment claiming that Steller had "a biased agenda on this issue" and that "individuals in the media and even his own paper do not give him any credibility."

Gaffney has blocked media outlets, including New Times, from obtaining information about PCSO matters and from conducting interviews with PCSO employees.

On November 30, he refused to make available to KFYI talk-show host Barry Young a PCSO employee who'd taken a photograph of a New York City cop giving a pair of shoes to a barefoot street beggar.

The picture, posted on Facebook, went viral and made national news.

After Young's staff requested an interview, Gaffney text-messaged a producer of the show saying that if the interview was with either Jim Sharpe or Mike Broomhead, two other KFYI hosts, it would be "okay, but it's for Barry, so no."

Gaffney's refusal to let Young interview the employee turned into hours of bad publicity for the sheriff and his office on a conservative Valley talk show. The hosts were full of snarky comments and jokes about Babeu and his staff.

Young explained that his relationship with the sheriff, who'd been a "friend of the show," soured because Young and "high-ranking politicians" urged Babeu to settle rumors about his homosexuality during his run for a seat in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District — adding that Young and the others would "stand there and support" him.

Young recalled, on air, that Babeu rebuffed their offer and denied the rumors. Then, shortly after, New Times originated a story about the sheriff's Mexican ex-lover's accusing him of abuse of power. After the story broke, the talk-show host said, Babeu's supporters felt "misled and deceived."

Gaffney complained in his text to the show that Young "is always slamming my boss and our office with bogus crap. No desire to be on his show. Sorry."

As Young fumed about Gaffney's "prissy fit" over his coverage of the Sheriff's Office, a man who said he worked for Babeu — but who refused to identify himself — called the radio station on a phone line reserved for media and guests.

The show's producer said, on air, that the caller wanted a phone number for station management so he could report Young and the show for "gay bashing." Young said on the broadcast that the number was "1-800-Stick-It-Up-Your-Ass."

When asked how he got the special number, the caller said there "are no private numbers," the producer continued. Young then told listeners that the caller was a "stupid little sissy coward" for not going on the air or revealing his name.

A few minutes later, Young said he'd just gotten an "ominous" call from the same man on his personal cell phone, a number he said very few people have.

He played the voice-mail on the air: "Hey, Mr. Young. I'm the guy you just called a coward . . . I didn't get the opportunity [to speak on the air]. But, that's cool. Hey, man, I know you gotta spin your shit to make [it] sound good."

It turned out the caller was PCSO Lieutenant Blake King, identified because he'd neglected to block his cell-phone number when he placed his anonymous call to Young. The producer called the number, and King's voice message gave him away.

"I got a [Pinal County] sheriff's deputy calling my cell phone," Young said on the show. "That gives me the creeps. Man, oh, man, what the hell is going on down there?!"


Blake King and Paul Babeu were patrolmen together for the Chandler Police Department from 2002 until 2009 — they resigned on the same day to assume their new roles at the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

As sheriff, Babeu handed King a job as a lieutenant at a salary of more than $87,000 a year — a sizable bump from his $68,000 annual pay as a Chandler cop.

The two were close enough that when Babeu, a former member of the Army National Guard, deployed for a stint in Iraq, he named King in his will, according to e-mails obtained by New Times.

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Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

Where is the proffered professionalism and accountability from Stuboi's administration.  LIE-Tenant Blake King should have been demoted (at a minimum) for his meddling and gamesmanship. He would have been in any other Law Enforcement agency run by professionals.  Lie-tenant Kings anonymous, vulgar performance in defense of Stuboi are absolutely stunningly embarassing to the PCSO.  If he is so thin-skinned that he has to attempt to malign a radio host in defense of PCSO activities; what lengths is he willing to go to HIDE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR.  No Stuboi has really created a mess in Pinal County and they have demonstrated they are not worthy of public trust.  

katedemp
katedemp

If I was a man and Babeu made the statement, "I'm getting to the bottom of this," I would run out the door as fast as possible. Luckily for me, I'm not his type.....you know, a woman.

serpico1000
serpico1000

if the"Elite"staff is following Babue's example, Yeah! they are doing a very good job, bunch of nincampoops.

zinxminx
zinxminx

lol, Corruption runs deep, oh yes it does!


www.AnonProx.da.bz

katedemp
katedemp

I'm curious, if Elias Johnson was deemed untrustworthy and a liar by PCSO, how was he hired by DPS? Does DPS conduct background checks or call former employers? I heard that Johnson quit DPS because they were to mean to him in the DPS pre-police academy. Wow, I never held DPS in high regards, but I at least held them higher than PCSO, but if DPS is taking PCSO rejects, guess not.

On a different note, Sheriff Studboi better becareful taunting the feds continously. Sheriff Arpaio might do it and get away with it, but in AZ, he is a political heavyweight. Sheriff Studboi is a political featherweight. Plus, Sheriff Arpaio doesn't have skeletons in his closet like studboi does. He keeps messing with the feds, watch them re-open up the investigation of studboi having a 16 y/o boy living w/him while studboi was the HEADmaster at a boys schoool. Another question, how did Chandler PD miss that during studboi's background check?

Slappy
Slappy

Read this morning in AZ Republic "Babeu apolgizes for audit-tampering accusation".  Babeu accused the County Manager Fritz Behring of tampering with the audit pertaining to Babeu's jail.  Babeu cites the error was made by a subordinate.  "Babeu said that he was misinformed by a subordinate, whom he has since punished". 

Did this subordinate also take the blame for the photos.  This man is a coward. 

Slappy
Slappy

Babeu is "steaming mad" at the release of undocumented inmates.The release places a hamper on Babeu’s potential dating pool. He is fighting back by asking DHS for the inmates’ addresses.

I have a suspicion that Babeu’s past is catching up to him.When Babeu detects a hint that the Feds are snooping in his back yard, he comes up with a back story in the event shit hits the fan.This way he can declare he is only being targeted because of his views.

Much like when he said he received credible information that he had been "greened lighted", by the Mexican Mafia-when in fact his extracurricular activities with Jose were being circulated.

As for the addresses, Babeu will personally conduct home visits to those individuals who have been released.

Slappy
Slappy

Babeu is "steaming mad" at the release of undocumented inmates.The release places a hamper on Babeu’s potential dating pool. He is fighting back by asking DHS for the inmates' addresses.

I have a suspicion that Babeu’s past is catching up to him.When Babeu detects a hint that the Feds are snooping in his back yard, he comes up with a back story in the event shit hits the fan.This way he can declare he is only being targeted because of his stance on immigration. 

Much like when he said he received credible information that he had been "greened lighted", by the Mexican Mafia-when in fact his extracurricular activities with Jose were being circulated.

As for the addresses, Babeu will personally conduct home visits to those individuals who have been released.

It would be wise for members of his "Elite Team" to start backing away. 

Slappy
Slappy

Read this morning in AZ Republic "Babeu apolgizes for audit-tampering accusation".  Babeu accused the County Manager Fritz Behring of tampering with the audit pertaining to Babeu's jail.  Babeu cites the error was made by a subordinate.  "Babeu said that he was misinformed by a subordinate, whom he has since punished". 

Did this subordinate also take the blame for the photos.  This man is a coward. 

youareamolesterpaul
youareamolesterpaul

Paul is a molester and the whole Babeu family in AZ protects him along with his deputies. NO one will write the truth, but there evidence to back it up. Lets start with the fact that was left out of the article of Joshua that the whole Babeu family met Paul living with in North Adams MA on Willow St.that was a student at Desisto. Paul was molested by his brother John which is well documented and so was his brother Shaun and other sisters and brothers and his own mother beaten by John. But Paul choices to shut his mouth and protect John while they both going on molesting other young people. Shaun and Paul when they were younger were too close for comfort. Shaun was always on Paul's will and I am sure was very shock to find out he was not when Paul went to Iraq. Mueller followed Paul around like a puppy dog and was always at Paul's house and never looked at a girl but Paul's ass. Lucy was not allowed at her own mother's funeral because they were afraid of the truth leaking out about all the brother's who were rapists. Paul lied on fox about being raped by the priest at age 11 in a interview in March 2011. In 1993 the Judge order Paul never to collect any money for evidence in the Lavigne grand jury, but in 2002 he collected $150,000 and other money in other states. Lies, lies, lies. Paul tell the truth about being molested by Lavigne and about the Croteau boy who died. Don't you feel guilty about Shaun Dobbert dying?

50jxxx
50jxxx

Yet, he was overwhelming re-elected.   Go figure.

penkdooo
penkdooo

lol, Corruption is bliss


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mandisroyalflush
mandisroyalflush

All I can do is shake my head and think that these are the people that are "sworn to serve and PROTECT". Pffff.....

jester.jackson
jester.jackson

It just makes me wonder if Babeu's Elites are literally in his 'inner circle'. 

bgray59
bgray59

You are to polite when calling inner circle "elite"  I think merry band of thugs.  These people are installed throughout the department.  They are not responsible to their supervisors, who live in fear for their jobs.


These slugs routinely are used to harass citizens who have offended Babeu or his monied supporters. One out of state developer who is connected to Babeu.  Pointed a loaded pistol at a 14 year boy who was riding on a trail.  The parents filed a complaint.  The investigating "detectives" threatened the boys parents  by handling their guns while "interviewing" the parents.  


This is a violation of the National Law Enforcement training standards.  They regularly post themselves outside opponents homes.  One critic was under surveillance continuously for a month.  The harassment was so blatant and intimidating that the individual moved his family.  Now when a member of his family stay in their home Deputies come up an peer in the windows at all hours of the day or night.


Babeu needs to be removed from Office and charged with civil rights if nothing else.



scottsdalebubbe
scottsdalebubbe

I do not understand why police chiefs of cities are selected on merit,leadership, and background by the city council and sherrifs are elected.  This seems to be an artifact of long ago days and has exceeded its usefulness.  In fact, it has become toxic.  Time for a statewide change.  Otherwise, in every county, there is the proven and continuing risk of sherrifs who are not accountable to anyone.

DNichols
DNichols

How sweet, the Mother of a Knife Point Rapist Boozing it up with a Gay Pedifile Sheriff , and his Drunken Life Pals.

No D.U.I.'s allowed for this Drunken bunch of Suck Ups.

Governors Pardon.

pacholopez298
pacholopez298

You guy need to investiget About Paula Pollack, she claims she have no life becouse she needs to be always with Gay Paul, pretending to be his wife.... she sad and the bar I'm tire of cover up for this gay, my boss the I have, every knows he is gay.....she sad the new job she have is becouse she does a good job for Tim..... and she add the Real Boss is Tim.

slappy
slappy

Monica, can you post Babeu's Elite members. 

slappy
slappy

If Horne, the Arizona Attorney General can have an office romance, so should Babeu.  Remember it was Horne's office who cleared Babeu of not abusing his position. 

There's alot of ass play going on within the Sheriff's Office.  If fact it has been reported there's a heavy odor of ass and cheap men's cologne spewing out of Babeu's Office. 

slappy
slappy

Monica, do you know that names of the Elite team, at will employees?

JayBeeUU
JayBeeUU

So let me get this straight: if Mueller was showing "obvious signs...of being intoxicated", does the Tempe police report also show that he was given a breath test? Since, you know, he was in "actual physical control" of a vehicle at the time? If it had been you or I behind the wheel, I bet they would have...

loneeagle1938
loneeagle1938

So, prehaps our dismal failure nutcase nitwit old boozer GOP/Tea Party Jan Brewer can get hired by that goofball Pinal County Sheriff Babbling Paul Babeu as Chief Deputy Booze Inspector.after her current term as Governor of Arizona is finished or hired as Sheriff Babbling  Buffoon Paul Babeu's Official Pinal County Sheriff Department Gun Moll. Since clearly the ugly old boozer Brewer would fit in prefectly!

budsan
budsan

John McCain and Babeu deserve each other

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

mmm, just like horndog, baboo knows how to pick his little harem of cuties who put out for him.... 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why am I not surprised?

PCSO is corrupt because Little Joe Paul is corrupt. He was corrupt when he was in the NG, he was corrupt as DeSisto headmaster, etc.

PCSO is a second MCSO.

1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

Paul Babeu needs a new nickname, how about Sheriff Bababooey?  Sheriff Baboytoy?  Sheriff Bablowme?  Sheriff Bablewyou?

studboitool
studboitool

 Baboso said he hired handsome males to be around him: Muller, Blake, Jonhson, and babeun personal assistant. Babeu met Muller at chandler when Muller was doing fingerprints. Babeu offer a job to Johnson when they had an interview, babeu promised a lot to him. Babeu hires the son of best friend to be his personal assistant and driver. Babeu hired his best friend from Chandler, Blake. Babeu hired Mullers mom to thank Muller for helping campaigning.

BAbeun has campaigning using county resources. Its incredible feds can’t find this, when I personally saw evidence. Baboon corrupted and breaking the law.

Gay babon self nominated for sheriff of the year, where he wrote all letters and send to political allies to sign the letter to selfnominate himself. I saw this in babon house.

Babeu and all his camping and county workers had a lot, believe me a lot of campaigning on county emails and computers.

Gaffmey who couldn’t do hard work, babeu said and hired him as his PR, who knew about babeu being gay and threatening people,so he was to cover babeu’s back

I have prove babeun violating The federalHatch Act, what the feds can’t .

Babeu and blake king went to a trip together to san diego according to babeu.

Pinal employees not only rumored that blake was lazy and didn’t do anything, babeu himself commented blake was incapable, that blake almost cried cause he couldn’t handle to job, too much stress in 2010, but babeu almost forece him to cover the corruption around  babeu

MANGOORTEGA
MANGOORTEGA

If you think Valenzuela is corrupt at PCSO you should see the corruption going on in Superior!! Now thats an investigation you should open!!!! Contact me

bgray59
bgray59

@scottsdalebubbe  I would rather have an elected sheriff accountable to the citizens.  Than an appointed Police accountable to a few politicians like Phoenix had for so many years. 

scottsdalebubbe
scottsdalebubbe

@pacholopez298 -- Pacho -- Please go back to school and don't post online again until you learn how to write and spell correctly in English.  While your message may be interesting, it gets lost because of your incompetent writing.

VandaDuarte
VandaDuarte

@pacholopez298 Paula Pollock was the fangirl (and fellow Rose Law Group client) who was trying to set up a medical marijuana dispensary when Baboso hired her, amirite? On what specifically has she done a good job? Because I don't see a lot of good work coming out of that office.

DNichols
DNichols

You mean Ru-Paul?

At Desisto was Rumpy Corrupt, or a Pedifile having Sex with a seventeen year old boy entrusted to this Sick Bastard and his School for teen guidance?!!!

Babeu is a Sick Predator.

DNichols
DNichols

Gay Pedifile, Rump Ranger, Pole Smoker, Sperm Burper, many Nick Names are very approriate for this Sick Bastard.

He fits right in to Arizona Politics.

I know Babeu got in a little trouble misshandling Military Gear, but I would sure like to know who gave Babeu's Neo_Nazi Pal J.T. Ready the Six High Tech. Military Rocket Proppelled Grenades (Weapons of Mass Destruction.) found at his Gilbert Home at the time of his Masacre?!!

Who were the Camo Clad Vigilantees, that Murdered the Two Immigrants in Babeu's Pinal County?

Any Ideas Rumpy?

McCain to Babeu in the Commercial:  "Now you are one of us."

pacholopez298
pacholopez298

@MANGOORTEGA  I know what you are talking about John Tamaran ,from superior who pay for paul campain, for promess for a job Pinal county Jail.

pacholopez298
pacholopez298

@VandaDuarte yes, the is her..... Just check her son who is pot smoker,she have her son kids, hum I wonder why!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@AZHighways @MaskedMagician1967

Why am I not surprised?

atameron2
atameron2

@pacholopez298....Its TAMERON!!!    Before you comment any further....Please Please, Proof read and pick up a dictionary.  Idiot!

VandaDuarte
VandaDuarte

@atameron2 @VandaDuarte Your business or not, the claim is mostly what you were reacting to. Or do you spend your days nitpicking the English of random online commenters who don't refer to John Tameron? It would've been wiser to let it lie. 

atameron2
atameron2

@VandaDuarte  I don't know those answers....as it is none of my business.   I was clearly just stating that Mr. Lopez needs a English lesson.  

VandaDuarte
VandaDuarte

@atameron2  Spelling aside, is the idiot's claim correct? It's at least true that Jon Tameron & his wife did both contribute the legal maximum to Babeu last July, a total of $860 (making them his biggest donors in the county). Did Babeu or anyone associated with him raise the possibility of any benefit to anyone in return?

 
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