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Sheriff’s bus gets $20,000 in hail damage

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a news conference announcing his latest crime suppression illegal immigration operation sweep at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Training Academy Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (File Photo)

A $456,000 custom-made bus bought by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has $20,500 in damage from an October hailstorm.

The bus was intended to take inmates to and from court.

But it has been parked because county supervisors think sheriff’s officials violated competitive-bidding requirements with its purchase.

Sheriff’s officials say the purchase was legal.

It’s unclear if repairs are needed or if any be made at all.

County Risk Manager Rocky Armfield says the county can’t make a claim for the bus repairs because the county doesn’t consider the bus a county-owned vehicle.

Interim Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan says he was frustrated to learn the county won’t pay for the repairs.

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