Supervisor Andy Kunasek of Paradise Valley tells The Arizona Republic he doesn’t think a public hearing would accomplish anything.
The county Office of Management and Budget says sheriff’s officials misappropriated $99.5 million in restricted jail funds over the last eight years. Budget officials said nearly $85 million from the sheriff’s detention fund and nearly $15 million in inmate-services money was misspent.
Sheriff’s officials have acknowledged the money was misspent. They said that as employees were transferred around the agency, payroll records were not always updated and that created budgetary issues that will have to be confronted.
It’s not clear how the money will be paid back.