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Randy Parraz Wants Board of Supervisors to Ban Private Payments to MCSO

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Activist Randy Parraz demanded today that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors start discussing a policy to stop all private funding to any criminal investigation done by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

During the board's meeting this morning, Parraz -- along with 30 members of his group Citizens for a Better Arizona -- asked board Chairman Max Wilson to consider preventing private donations for MCSO's criminal investigations, such as the one looking into President Obama's birth certificate.

"We want for this ban to be considered...a ban on all private donations from any individuals to the sheriff's department for criminal investigations," Parraz said during the meeting, directing his comments at Wilson. "Would you put that on the agenda for the next meeting?"

After a few seconds of awkward silence waiting for a response, Wilson said he wasn't going to answer Parraz's question.

"We're not in kindergarten, chairman -- this is serious business," Parraz stated, but to no avail.

David Benton, a lawyer for the board at the meeting, said Wilson did not have to answer the question, but Parraz demanded a yes-or-no answer anyway.

Wilson simply offered that he would ask the county attorney to look into the matter.

When Arpaio's office started his investigation into Obama's birth certificate, the sheriff claimed no taxpayer money would be used. But that quickly changed when Arpaio sent a deputy to Hawaii as part of the birther probe. The cost of Arpaio's shenanigans was about $10,000.

Arpaio's office was looking into accepting private funds to offset the total cost of the trip, but in June, the Board of Supervisors -- which oversees Arpaio's budget -- essentially denied the procedure.

"This...leads to the dangerous policy that the Sheriff's Office is for sale," CBA member Bob Unferth told the board. "We all know that requiring payment for law enforcement is a very bad idea."

Arpaio had to get approval by the county manager to send his deputy to Hawaii, according to county policy -- which he did not do.


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