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Joe Arpaio's Boy Rich Burden of "Colorado Kool-Aid" Fame Retires Due to Pending Demotion

The last time this blog bothered with MCSO Lieutenant Rich Burden, it was 2011, and I had stumbled across a video of Burden on YouTube taking great delight in imbibing "Colorado Kool-Aid in California," and making an un-PC crack about drunk driving.

"I am not drinking and driving, at all," the do-rag-wearin' Burden tells the camera. "I drink, then drive."

Burden later told me the video as an "error" and an "oversight" on his part.

Known as a one-time pal of fired, disgraced former Chief Deputy David Hendershott and somewhat infamous for his participation in past MCSO shenanigans, Burden more recently had been promoted to captain, and was acting commander of MCSO's District IV, which includes Cave Creek.

But in a letter Burden emailed a couple of days ago to fellow MCSO employees, he announced his sudden retirement, saying Chief Deputy David Trombi had informed him that he "did not meet Office Standards," and was being busted back to lieutenant.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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