In early March, shortly after the sex-and-'deportation' scandal that enveloped Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu hit the news, his chief deputy, Steve Henry, fulfilled a speaking engagement in Las Vegas at the annual convention of the Western States Sheriff's Association.
At the time, the telegenic and articulate Henry was heir apparent to then-congressional candidate Babeu as sheriff of the central Arizona county.
Henry's scheduled topic was predicable, but topical and entertaining: Mexican cartels, illegal immigration, drugs.
But from what we heard at the time (just getting around to blogging about it now), it was his warm-up line that had law enforcement folks yipping afterward.
Though we don't have a tape of the speech, two folks who were there told us separately what Henry said, and their recollections pretty much were note-for-note.
I'm the Chief Deputy of Pinal County, he began.
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In some other jurisdictions, they call my job the 'undersheriff.'
But right about now, Henry said, I'm sure glad they don't.
Those in attendance who knew about Paul Babeu's situation -- the gay Mexican lover, the salacious photos, and so on -- cracked up.
The others were briefed later.