Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Ex-Chief Deputy David Hendershott Now Selling Real Estate

As the saying goes, would you buy a used car from this guy?

Or more to the point, a used home?

The "guy" in question, as you can see in the pic above, is Sheriff Joe Arpaio's fired, disgraced ex-top flunky David Hendershott, once the most feared man in Maricopa County.

(Note: There's a better, in-color version of the same photo on Hendy's Facebook page, for as long as that lasts.)

Currently, Arpaio's former enforcer is hawking real estate for Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, which bills itself as "Arizona's legendary real estate icon," and claims to employ "nearly 800 agents serving the Scottsdale and Phoenix metropolitan areas as well as Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, and Payson."

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According to the Arizona Department of Real Estate, Arpaio's infamous former chief deputy was hired by the Scottsdale-based real estate firm in March as a salesperson, and is working out of the company's West Valley office.

Seems this isn't his first crack at sales, as he had a real estate license that expired in 1998.

Not to mention his loads of experience at the MCSO peddling pink underwear that featured the sheriff's signature.

Moreover, if his clients get under water, Hendershott can offer advice when it comes to home foreclosures, using his own very public experience in this area.

Regarding bankruptcy, Hendy's practically an expert, having filed twice for it in the past.

The last time I caught up with Hendershott, he was working as a private detective for his own firm, Discreet Investigations.

His private dick's license is still good. Who knows, maybe the business wasn't rolling in like he hoped.

After all, it's probably not the best kind of advertising when a lengthy, high-profile investigation finds evidence of wrongdoing so damning that you're forced from office.

Hendy's long list of misdeeds would take a book or three to describe in detail, but suffice it to say that none of them lend the ex-cop an aura of trustworthiness.

They include ginning up criminal charges against Arpaio's political enemies, sliming onetime Arpaio challenger Dan Saban via what my colleague Ray Stern calls "an illegal campaign-finance scheme," lying to investigators looking into that scheme, using public funds for personal benefit, threatening to "machine-gun" any deputies unwilling to produce a search warrant for bogus reasons, diverting resources that should have been spent on solving outstanding sex crime cases, and on and on.

Hendy hasn't been hit with a criminal indictment arising from his shenanigans at the MCSO.

But his name, in certain circles, is synonymous with the abuse of power.

That said, his overt sleaziness and expertise in the art of intimidation may be to his advantage when getting a prospective buyer to "sign on the line that is dotted," a la the salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross.

No doubt the "hard sell" is as easy as pie for Hendershott. Even if he remembers to leave his machine gun at home.

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