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County supervisor seeks federal investigation of Arpaio

Maricopa, Ariz.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio prepares to speak to a crowd in the East Room on the grounds of the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.  (AP Photo/The Orange County Register , Kevin Sullivan)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/The Orange County Register , Kevin Sullivan)

Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley is urging President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to support the federal criminal investigation of county Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Arizona Republic says Stapley hand-delivered letters Tuesday to officials close to Obama and Holder during White House summit with county leaders from across the nation.

A federal grand jury reportedly has been looking into allegations of abuse of power by Arpaio, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and their employees since December 2009.

County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox says she and Stapley spoke to officials with the U.S. Department of Justice about the investigation.

Wilcox says she believes the federal government should place the Sheriff’s Office into receivership. Wilcox says she intends to meet with her colleagues about support of such an idea.

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