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Arpaio interviewed as part of misconduct probe

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio swears in 56 new members of his Illegal Immigration Posse, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Phoenix. Sheriff Joe has sworn in nearly 3,000 posse members since becoming sheriff in 1993. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/Matt York)

An investigator interviewed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for 5½ hours as part of a probe into allegations of misconduct involving the lawman’s top aides.

The Arizona Republic obtained billings from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office that reveal for the first time that Arpaio was officially questioned about the allegations.

The allegations focus on the activities of commanders in Arpaio’s inner circle.

Among the unanswered questions is the depth of Arpaio’s knowledge of his subordinates’ activities.

Arpaio on Wednesday declined to discuss the nature of the interview.

Pinal County conducted the probe after a deputy chief alleged that three other top administrators engaged in mismanagement, favoritism and possible criminal behavior.

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