A former top deputy to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in immoral conduct and violated a range of office and county policies, according to documents from an internal investigation.
But the report also exonerated David Hendershott of a variety of other misconduct allegations, including some involving posse finances. The documents said certain accusations remain unresolved.
Violations cited in the documents included incompetence, lying, misuse of county resources and attempting to influence an election.
A call to Hendershott’s home for comment wasn’t immediately returned Thursday. Arpaio declined comment on the documents’ release.
Hendershott officially resigned from the sheriff’s office Wednesday. Arpaio fired him last week, effective May 5.
Arpaio’s office on Thursday turned over 300 pages of heavily redacted documents from an internal investigation to The Arizona Republic. They were just a portion of the 1,022-page report prepared by the Pinal County sheriff’s office, which Arpaio asked to examine the misconduct allegations.
Arpaio previously refused to release any portions of the report, citing legal concerns. The Republic filed a special action in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking release of the entire report.
Until Wednesday, Hendershott served for years as Arpaio’s second-in-command — running the day-to-day operations of the massive agency as its highest-paid employee.
The investigation into Hendershott and chief deputies Larry Black and Joel Fox was triggered by a memo written by another top Arpaio official who alleged years of mismanagement by Hendershott. The three were placed on paid administrative leave while under internal investigation for six months.
Allegations that were examined in the probe include abuse of power, nepotism, intimidation, and policy violations by top agency officials.
Black announced his retirement Wednesday. Fox remains on paid administrative leave pending a hearing about his employment.