Maricopa County Supervisors Fire Back After Arpaio Suggests They've Been Uncooperative
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors today denied claims that the county has been "uncooperative" in a request for public records and employer sanctions investigation by Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- the latest squabble in the county's internecine warfare.
We'd be able to tell you exactly what Arpaio was bitching about, but he still refuses to send us his news releases or scheduled news conferences. You can glean as much as we did from this response letter by the Supervisors just e-mailed to the news media:
February 13, 2009
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Statement from the Maricopa
On Sheriff Arpaio's News Conference
Frankly, we are surprised to learn of today's sheriff's news conference because no one from his office has contacted a single member of the Board of Supervisors to suggest that he was unhappy with our cooperation.
As far as the Jan. 30 public records request for e-mails of 36
The county manager has recently received at least 20 separate public records requests from the sheriff and the county attorney, several of them very broad and involving thousands of pages, and most of them were made since Dec. 31. The Jan. 30 request, for example, did not provide any subject or any time frame. Nor did it place any time limit on when the information could be delivered.
Any suggestion that the board or county management is uncooperative is simply false, without a scintilla of substantiation.
Again, on the issue of H.M.I. Landscaping, we are surprised to hear of the sheriff's concerns. We at
Remember, these workers were not county employees but employees of a private firm. It is the responsibility of the private contractor to comply with all state and federal laws. That is inherent in the contracts with all county vendors. We take these issues very seriously and currently reviewing this case and making sure this firm is complying with the law.