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MCSO hires consultant for employee discipline

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio testifies during the State Bar of Arizona's ongoing disciplinary hearings against former Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas and two assistants, at the Arizona Supreme Court in Phoenix Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Lawyers pressing the discipline case said officials, judges and attorneys who crossed Arpaio and Thomas in political disputes were often targeted for investigations and, in some cases, were criminally charged. (AP Photo/Jack Kurtz, Pool)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has hired an outside consultant as part of a plan to revamp the office’s employee discipline policy.

Arpaio announced Mike Branham’s hiring Tuesday. Branham will review the department’s current policies and develop a uniformed disciplinary practice to include mitigating and aggravated circumstances.

Arpaio says the intent of the discipline policy is to ensure adherence to reasonable standards of performance and conduct to help employees understand the consequence of violations of policy and the ramifications of continued violations.

Arpaio says Branham has an extensive background in law enforcement. He was formerly Youngtown’s police chief, director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and director of Juvenile Corrections for the State of Arizona.

Branham is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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