The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office confirms to New Times that shamed former Captain Joel Fox has been given the boot following a long-running internal investigation that already has resulted in the resignations of two other top deputies.
Former Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott and Deputy Chief Larry Black -- with whom Fox shared a long-running bromance (read our story on the love birds here) -- resigned in April when Sheriff Joe Arpaio gave them the option of quitting or getting fired.
Arpaio pegged Deputy Chief Mike Olson with the duty of sorting through the allegations made in the now-notorious "Munnell Memo."
The 63-page memo, penned by Deputy Chief Frank Munnell, alleged a culture of corruption, mismanagement, and intimidation at the MCSO -- with Fox, Hendershott, and Black leading the charge.
In a statement provided by the Sheriff's Office, Olson says the following about Fox's termination:
"I was delegated the authority to review this complicated disciplinary case by Sheriff Arpaio due to my impartiality. I have never worked with or for Joel Fox," Olson says. "I was not involved in any aspect of this case prior to this responsibility. After comparing the facts of this case to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office policy, I have determined that termination is the only reasonable disciplinary decision to be made."
See our archives of Fox's misdeeds here.
Arpaio says Fox has can appeal the decision through the Merit Commission -- and, per usual, that's all the sheriff has to say about his three top henchmen leaving the agency in disgrace.
"In an effort to protect the rights of both parties, we cannot provide any additional information until his appeal process is completed," the sheriff says.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.