Though he was no longer chief, the paper reported, Rankin threatened to fire MacGregor and accused the officer of performing homosexual acts with a councilman and former town manager Galletly.

"Rankin would only say that he 'may have' made such statements," the Dispatch wrote.

Officer Bylina testified that Rankin opened the passenger's-side door of MacGregor's vehicle to yell at him.

The Florence Police Department is now run by Rankin-backed Chief Dan Hughes.
Monica Alonzo
The Florence Police Department is now run by Rankin-backed Chief Dan Hughes.
Lieutenant Terry Tryon was hired by Rankin when he ran the force.
Lieutenant Terry Tryon was hired by Rankin when he ran the force.

Afterward, Rankin went to the Florence police station, where a dispatcher addressed him as "Mr. Rankin."

To which he was said to have shot back, "I am the chief!"

Judge Dale Collier found Rankin guilty as charged and sentenced him to two years' probation.

But before his probation was up, Rankin engaged in a more grotesque example of disorderly conduct, for which he was tried and convicted again before Judge Collier in municipal court.

On July 12, 1996, Rankin's other son, 15-year-old Tom Rankin Jr. (whom the Rankin family and town residents refer to as "Tom Tom"), was arrested with another youth for violation of Florence's 11 p.m. curfew.

Tom Tom Rankin already was well known to cops for bad behavior, a reputation he would enhance over the years with arrests for a variety of offenses, according to Pinal County Superior Court records.

Court records also show that in 2003 Rankin Jr. was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison and four years' probation for "theft of a means of transportation" and aggravated assault involving a former girlfriend.

But in 1996, he was just a mouthy juvenile delinquent, according to a county Superior Court trial transcript in which FPD Sergeant Kathy Thorne is quoted as testifying that Rankin Jr. taunted officers when he was brought in.

"He was saying that, 'You guys are going to be in trouble now,'" Thorne told the judge. "He said, 'You know better than to mess with me . . . It doesn't matter; my dad will get me out of whatever happens, anyway.'"

Police dispatcher Christy Reed was on duty that evening. Because she could not find a babysitter, she was allowed to bring her 4-year-old to work. The child was half-black.

The state alleged that when Rankin and his wife showed up to collect Tom Tom, they passed by the dispatcher and her child. Rankin then went on a 45-minute tirade liberally laced with the epithet "nigger," Thorne and others testified.

"He was just saying, 'Why are you always picking on the white boys,'" remembered Thorne. "'You guys must be scared of the niggers. You let them go out and do what they want . . . You are harassing us white people.'"

Chief Cote came to the station because of the disturbance. Cote told the court that in his 27 years of policing, he never had witnessed a person berate officers in that manner.

"It was an ongoing escalation of abusive language, racial slurs," Cote testified. "And [Rankin] would not calm down . . ."

Court records show that Reed's child had been in a good mood before Rankin arrived. But after listening to Rankin's slur-filled rant, "the child became upset and sick to his stomach," court documents state.

When Rankin took the stand, the prosecutor pressed him on his use of the slur "nigger."

At first, Rankin denied using it. Then, reluctantly, he acknowledged that he had used the epithet that night.

"You admit that you were there and that you were yelling in a loud tone of voice and you were using the word?" asked the prosecutor.

"As far as I know," replied Rankin, "the word . . . is not unlawful."

Collier found Rankin guilty. Though the former police chief already was on probation, Collier did not order him to jail. Rather, he gave him an additional 12 months' probation, this time supervised.

And he ordered Rankin to attend anger-management counseling.

New Times could not locate a record of whether Rankin received such counseling. If he did, it did not work. Stories of his public fits since that time abound.

Former FPD Detective Jarris Varnrobinson tells New Times about an incident in 2012 in which Rankin showed up at a crime scene that the detective was securing.

When Rankin, who recently had been re-elected mayor, politely was asked not to interfere, he put the black detective in his place.

"I'm the mayor, and I can do whatever the fuck I want," Rankin said, according to Varnrobinson.

Asked by New Times whether he has a temper, Rankin answers with a stare: "Yeah. Have I learned to control it? Somewhat. Don't piss me off."


It's ironic that one of Rankin's 13 grandchildren is a biracial 2-year-old, the daughter of his youngest son, Tom Tom, and an African-American woman.

"She's half-black. So?" Rankin says. "She's my granddaughter. I don't give a shit what color she is."

On Rankin Jr.'s Facebook page, a photo shows the girl sitting on a horse with her grandfather.

"I think everybody's got prejudice," Rankin says. "Against people, not races. You like some people, you don't like some people. That's being prejudiced."

He insists that his views on race have not changed over the years.

About the 1994 allegations by minority community members concerning his use of racial slurs, he says, "It wasn't true at the time, and it's not true today."

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DoyleSherlock
DoyleSherlock

Tragic consequences seem to be haunting the House of Rankin lately as well. This article states that outbursts of temper are commonplace with this elected official. Is Heath Rankin, the officer identified by Sheriff Babeu as the shooter of Mr. Longoria in Eloy, related to self-described gunslinger Tom? Are impulsive acts rampant in the Rankin line?  When will poor Pinal County ever move past the muck and the mire? When will our savior arrive?

tpd-rmi
tpd-rmi

Well let's see how this con traversal shooting pans out, seeing the PCSO deputy is Mayor Rankins nephew

Pamela
Pamela

Florence PD, MCSO and the US Marshal's Office all have similar issues.

furreal
furreal

We voted for him because he speaks with a fork tongue! When you lie sometimes it takes a while to catch up with you. So his lies were true those who didn't know. It's time for a full investigation! Town of Florence Town Council, you need to demand a full investigation of all allegations that have been made on this website. Tom Rankin should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Town Council I suggest you bring outside sources in to do the investigations. When such allegations of murder, rape, concealment of evidence, tampering with evidence, racial allegations, nepotism, tampering with law enforcement, sloppy investigations, sexual harassment, and many more that have been listed. When these type of allegations have been made about your mayor your sergeant your lieutenant your police department your investigators, they need to be taken seriously. If the town council let this go, we the people of Florence will not stop. Do not try to sweep these allegations under the rug. Get the dirt out of your town, our town. If these allegations are true these people need to be held accountable, every one of them.

Stop talking about the children, how many children they have had, how many marriages or sex partners, their drug history, there criminal history, is now all in the past ( for some of them). This is what is wrong with the town of Florence. You never let go of peoples past you always throw some ones and negative passed in their face. I know that two of those members of those children have worked very hard on their lives. Leave them in peace. And go after who you truly want. Tom Rankin I know you've done wrong, I know you're dirty, if you're not afraid, and think you and your current Chief of Police are totally in the right, then encourage in outside investigation on all of these allegations. From the young ladies rape, young child unfortunate death, the firing do to prejudiced and racial, and the firing of the last Chief of Police!

dom2dom
dom2dom

If all this is really going on, why the hell did the town of Florence vote Tom Rankin as Mayor? Ya must be some crack smokin mothers To vote a criminal in office!

1topdog
1topdog

These allegations about the Rankin family doesn't surprise me at all! Anything or anybody good for the town of Florence that isn't Tom Rankin and his family, they see to it they are chased out of town. Take for example Bob, the ex chief of police, Bob had good communication skills, the only reason he got a bad score on communications from the recent interview test what because Terry was pissed. The please department needs to get out of the hands of the town council (manager), that gives the opportunity for foul play.

Now TomTom I believe top shooter put on there your rap sheet! However since your dad was able to get you out of many allegations. But how about your most recent, are there charges pending for the abuse of your baby's momma? Everyone knows you're a woman beater, un educated, unemployed, still living at your mama's house, you won't leave Florence because you know you won't make it anywhere else! Do yourself a favor and go get help, without being rude you seriously need it!

Jessica what is it like to get a promotion because you slept with your boss? Does your current husband know how many people you slept with after you broke up and got back together? How many kids, how many marriages, how many sex partners? And are you still doing a sex partner swaps!

Robbie good thing you finally cleaned up your act (supposedly). How many children do you have that you're actually taking care of? How many people off Florence have you stolen from? And from the comments below it looks like you even stole from your parents!

Three children With a bad sense of direction And a bad sense of morals wondering where they got their values and morals from

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Stupid is as Stupid Does:

Disciplinary Infractions 7 record(s) [info] Violation DateInfractionVerdict Date
Verdict 07/17/2008
DRUG POS/MFG ETC07/17/2008GUILTY-MAJ.VIOL 02/28/2008
SELL/TRADE SRVCS03/03/2008GUILTY-MIN.VIOL 12/13/2007
DRUG POS/MFG ETC12/19/2007GUILTY-MAJ.VIOL 10/23/2007
DRUG POS/MFG ETC11/06/2007GUILTY-MAJ.VIOL 10/13/2007
FAIL CLEANLINESS10/17/2007GUILTY-MIN.VIOL 08/14/2007
STAFF OBSTRUCTN08/21/2007GUILTY-MAJ.VIOL 08/14/2007
DISRESPECT08/21/2007GUILTY-MAJ.VIOL


king181465
king181465

sounds like you all know us so good! lol you all r full of shit and need to pull ur heads out ur ass!! come on people get a life look up ur family tree!! you mad now! its not helping stressing over shit u dnt know!! smile and wave at u dummys!!

momof3
momof3

Sounds to me like this town has a low mentality, my guess is a high pregnancy rate, high drug and alcohol rate with complete denial. It also sounds like There should be an investigation into the allegations , very thorough one where local law enforcement and/or their friends in different cities or towns are not involved in, then maybe these people that are afraid to speak will speak knowing somethings going to get done. If I was the town manager or the town mayor in order to clear my town from these allegations I would have an outsider come in and do it clean investigation but if they're banning this new times they're probably going to deny a good investigation or they'll do an investigation with their people. That is typical small town mentality it is the town's fear of not being the important person anymore, psychological evidence would says this town has serious problems

radioactive2
radioactive2

@gregarmyguard exactly how many dead people can light a fire sounds suspicious or if its going to be the other way around how many people shoot themselves after they've lit a fire I'll bet if it was investigated there would be more found out......

Donna doesn't care that her husband is a pig she knows he has cheated on her he make sexual comments in front of women in front of her all the time. The Rankin family is embarrassing to Florence they think their name means something but that something is stupid!

tfro1988
tfro1988

Tom and Donna just because you have a biracial child doesn't mean you're still not racist. So stop going around saying for Christ sakes our child is half black. You know you disapprove of TomTom dating a black woman you know that won the president of the United States got elected and the sheriff of Pinall County got elected, that is the year Tom and Donna went around saying" what has the world come to, we have a nigger for president in a faggot for sheriff"_ hell you guys have a younge black girl that just think you're everything she's babysitting for you volunteering for you helping you right and left, but if she knew you called her a nigger mixed raced , psycho who is sexually confused, and clings to everybody I think she would hate you just as much as everybody else who knows your true colors.y. Yet in front of her face you act like you like her, Jessica might actually like her but Donna and Tom come on you called her and nigger!

gregarmyguard
gregarmyguard

You should ask Donna's former employee about Tom's sexual harassment and his little porn addiction!!!!! And how did the guy shoots himself and then burn his house

1realtruth
1realtruth

Tom you should have charges of sexual harassment pressed against you, and I thinking investigation by the Superior Court in Pinal County Attorney's which find that you have spoke to women many times inappropriately. Making comments about the breast size or there butt the sizes, or if they're gay telling them they just haven't had the right dick yet! Donna you know he's a pig. Tom what happened to one of your wives husband, or was it a woman you were cheating with? Anyway somehow he turned out shot killed himself and then burn his house down. Wasn't that while you were cheif of the police. Didn't you have something to do with that investigation since you were datin the woman whose husband was involved maybe you shouldn't have been involved in the investigation. This is a plea to Pinal County Attorney's investigation needs to be launched on Tom Rankin With his involvement in the town the police department the county attorney's office and Superior Court. I believe that people know he will be held accountable for the things he has done in the past and is still doing, they will begin to speak!

toymare
toymare

them say it who do you think you are protecting? Tom you know Bob ex Cheif of police stood by your family when you had a heart attack and your kid stole your wallot and made you broke! Bob did nothing but show kindness to you he respected you and your family and you never gave it back! His education made you afraid of him Admit it! Also concerning Jarred VanRobinson you Donna and tom have called him a nigger ccommenting that a nigger has a badge now! Terry Tryon you think Rankin family likes you your wrong, they call you a baffling baboon! Terry admit yor wrongs it's not worth Rankin family taken you and your family with them is it? Tell how Tom really handled Tom Tom when being arrested for crimes he was caught at! How about the time Tom demanded Tom Tom car to be released out of impound!

Florence is sick with good ol boy syndrome!

Jukes
Jukes

Ms. Sill better open a real estate office in another town or she's going to go broke.  Anybody who would buy property in Florence is either nuts or in league with these people. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

In all seriousness, this guy sounds as bad as Arpaio.

FPD should be put in federal receivership. Now.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles described James Kemp's "unsafe storage" of a handgun "a tragic accident." Well, I'm here to tell you that in itself should constitute a felony.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Rankin looks extremely dorky in that high school yearbook photo. I guess being an asshole bully must be his way of overcoming his wimpy image when he was a kid.

robert_graham
robert_graham

By the way, the Phonex New Times is being banned in Florence.

jacksonhill
jacksonhill

Jeeze, what a white trash mafia in this shit-hole town! Tom Rankin's a cracker godfather.

jrvelez45
jrvelez45

damn the shit keeps coming, oh boy !!

ibcingutoo
ibcingutoo

I have yet to meet one redhead -- male or female-- who isn't bat shit crazy.  He even looks like a Republican racist.



MsKay
MsKay

I live in Florence and I love my town, and find it quite interesting how people come to these websites and assume that an entire town is as portrayed in the article.  Sure, I know the Rankins, and they are a family just like any other family, good, bad, or indifferent.  Are they perfect, no, and neither are you.  They are not a Klan, or a Mafia, or anything else, they are people who deserve to be respected as such. 

f-ward
f-ward

Having personally dealt with members of the Rankin klan and in my opinion are definitely not too bright and are assholes.   Their bullying campaigns begin once you disagree with any of their opinions or upon engaging them in conversation and leaving them speechless and dumb-founded in front of others.  (Which really isn't hard to do.)   Now that responsible city politics is coming to small town Arizona, these old timers like the Rankin klan are thankfully wedged out of politics.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I'm gonna open a head shop in Florence - they MUST be a bunch of meth smoking sums o bitches!


Pamela
Pamela

Do a similar investigative story on the US Marshal's Office and what everyone thinks of Marshal David Gonzales! Interview people he worked with while Chairman of HIDTA. Do a lawsuit records search in Federal Court.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

When is the movie coming out? This makes the gossip page quick if it was on film..

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

The fact is that the Rankin gang has run off more local businesses than helped. One business owner told me she would never invest another dime in Florence because of what she called, "the yahoo mentality."

king181465
king181465

@radioactive2 shut the fuck up please thank you

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Add racist pig to my description of Rankin.

jacksonhill
jacksonhill

Banned how, stupid? You are lying. But even if the hayseeds did that, there would still be the Internet.

Jukes
Jukes

If even HALF the things discussed in this article are true, you should be ashamed of your town.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@MsKay Lady, if you think this is an average family, you've been living in Florence WAY too long.

king181465
king181465

you keep calling us a klan in ur post man fuck you we are a family asshole yes its ur opinion but should keep it to urself

dogbiter
dogbiter

Who is this clown always talking about David Gonzalez? He has nothing to do with any of this. Get a clue, lady!

king181465
king181465

ur fact is full of shit!! its small town shit! its not a gang we a family!!!

MsKay
MsKay

@Jukes Where do you live, and we can talk about the things that are wrong with it!  No place is perfect and happiness is what you make of it.  I STILL love my town!!!!  Did I say I love the police force?  No, but I bet you don't love yours either!!  But I don't hate or disrespect them for the job they do either.   Don't sit in judgement making yourself feel better by downing others.  That's what bullies do

MsKay
MsKay

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs @MsKay Show me where I called this an "average" family, and then we can continue on with this discussion.  You jumped to all kinds of conclusions, I said they are a family worthy of respect as all people are worthy of respect.  I have lived in Florence for 30 plus years, my friend.  and still proud of it.  I have accomplished just as much living in Florence as I could living anywhere else.  So you can knock Florence, but you seem to spend quite a bit of time trolling the internet.... Mr. Tibbs.  Excellent Movie, however...or do you know your name is a line from a movie?

f-ward
f-ward

@king181465 ...Thanks for validating the content in my post.  Trust me, the majority of Florence and Coolidge residents are laughing at the Rankin klan right now.   Perhaps you can all return to school and learn how to use punctuation.

jrvelez45
jrvelez45

@king181465 gotta thin skin i see, but u makin it worse by responding back, ya know ??

Pamela
Pamela

@dogbiter This is why you do an investigation.  You won't have to speak to many people in HIDTA, in the Marshal's Office or in Superior Court Records, to see what there is about US Marshal David Gonzlaes.

robert_graham
robert_graham

By the way, call 602.926.2873 and listen to the recordings and then tell me if the Hispanics against amnesty are racists too?

king181465
king181465

yep thats me!! good pic back in 2002 it was taken!! thx!! I bet you people hate urself and you had alife instead of being in my family lifes!!

king181465
king181465

I love fucking wit you dumb ass people that have no other lifes but put the vlame on someone! yes this is tom tom wats ur name!! let us all know who you really are instead of hiding behind your email! ur probably the dumb ass that ur family disowned!@thycallmemrtibbs

 
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