Sheriff Joe Arpaio called a press conference yesterday at the new Maricopa County Sheriff's Office headquarters in Downtown Phoenix for a prostitution bust, but we didn't get past the lobby.
Turns out, the $93 million building, at Fifth Avenue and Jackson Street, isn't actually done yet, but we did get our first close-up look at the new HQ.
We were geared up for a full tour of the place, conveniently located on an ancient burial ground, but Arpaio spokeswoman Lisa Allen said a media tour wouldn't take place until February. MCSO Sergeant Brandon Jones estimated the move into the new building was only about 20 percent done, as of yesterday.
Meanwhile, in a rendering of the building from the architects last year, Arpaio's name was plastered on the side. That move didn't make the cut.
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The only reference to Arpaio we could find on the building was on a small plaque across from the entrance, where Arpaio's name was in the same size font as everyone else.
The lobby has some nice leather chairs and a TV, though.
Here's a shot from MCSO, inside Arpaio's new 574 square-foot office: