In a scenario that reminds me of the battle over financial records between Mayor Foster and Town mismanager Alex Taft, a judge has ruled that the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio should turn over the requested documents to the Maricopa Board of Supervisors. The board issued a subpoena on April 27 and gave Arpaio until May 7 to turn over documents. When the sheriff missed that deadline, the board ordered him to a hearing for contempt.
"We are pleased that Maricopa County can move forward, on behalf of the taxpayers, to address the objective concerns about certain financial irregularities within the Sheriff's Office. We urge the Sheriff to promptly produce the financial records requested," county spokeswoman Cari Gerchick said in a statement.
Maricopa Supervisors have been wrangling with officials in Arpaio's administration for months in an attempt to acquire documents that might confirm suspicions that some money was being spent inappropriately.
Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson said she was concerned that restricted funds may have been misspent. Sheriff's officials did not respond to a March 30 letter sent to Arpaio's Chief Financial Officer, Loretta Barkell and to Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott.
Hopefully, Quartzsite taxpayers will not have to wait months for Ms. Graft, I mean Taft to turn over the documents requested by Mayor Foster.as the office of the Arizona Ombudsman has agreed to intervene. Taft can expect to hear from the Ombudsman's office this week!