Critics of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff on Wednesday called for his resignation and for the federal government to indict him and take control of his office amid allegations of corruption, racial profiling, and misspending.Read More »
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As a volunteer police officer in this northwestern Arizona city, Harley Pettit saw young people get in trouble for everything from drugs and alcohol to vandalism. In a small community with not a lot to do, he said, the last thing young people need is another way to get into trouble.
He’s worried that’s exactly what medical marijuana will give them.
Late in 2009, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors began having an interpreter at their meetings, in response to a federal inquiry into the county's potential civil-rights violation for failing to provide an interpreter at public meetings for people who speak limited English. Since then, however, demand for the position has faded.Read More »
The Maricopa County Association of Governments says it has been awarded $1.4 million in federal grants for three programs that will provide more housing for homeless people.Read More »
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.Read More »
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said an investigation he conducted shows clear evidence that members of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s staff deceived and withheld information from him, chief among them his former chief deputy, David Hendershott.Read More »
Records show top deputies in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office circulated offensive jokes about Mexicans at a time when the department faces a lawsuit alleging officers in Arizona's Maricopa County routinely racially profile immigrants during traffic stops.Read More »
A judge has ruled that cameras will be allowed in the attorney discipline proceedings of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and one of his former deputies, despite objections from the pair that the cameras would hinder the proceedings.Read More »
In a matter of hours, a dispute over a single word transformed a minor reform of county personnel systems into a full-blown overhaul.
County officials across the state are wary of a bill that many say was pushed through too hastily in the middle of the legislative session’s final night, with little input from the counties themselves. The bill wasn’t vetted properly, critics said, and is ripe for far-reaching unintended consequences.
A bill vetoed Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday would have changed the county personnel systems across Arizona except for Maricopa County.Read More »