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Arpaio wants more info before headquarters move

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he and his staff will leave their downtown headquarters but only if the move will save money for taxpayers.

Arapio says he was made aware Feb. 8 of an offer from Wells Fargo Bank to terminate the sheriff’s lease early to help the bank consolidate some of its Phoenix-area offices.

The Sheriff’s Office has been headquartered in the downtown Wells Fargo Bank since 1998. The current lease allows the Sheriff’s Office to occupy two floors of the bank building until 2013.

Wells Fargo officials say they will agree to waive termination fees associated with the lease if the Sheriff’s Office decides to take advantage of the offer.

But Arpaio says a cost analysis of the move and comparable office space must be provided before he would agree to move the headquarters.

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