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Pinal County sheriff’s jail commander resigns

FLORENCE – The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says its jail commander has resigned and a sergeant has been placed on leave after allegations against them.

Jail commander Joe McAuliffe was placed on leave July 1 during a review into allegations of deception and failure to disclose pre-employment information.

McAuliffe gave two weeks’ notice Friday that he would resign, but Sheriff Paul Babeu accepted the resignation effective immediately.

Babeu placed 18-year sheriff’s office veteran Scott Gillen on paid leave Tuesday for what the sheriff calls “severe allegations that will be fully investigated.”

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an allegation of possible criminal wrongdoing against Gillen.

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