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Pima County Sheriff responds to union's no-confidence vote

Posted at 3:53 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 01:41:27-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Pima County Sheriff is reacting to the "no-confidence" vote by the largest deputies union.

Mark Napier received a letter from the union Friday afternoon about the majority vote, which also includes support from a correction officers union.

Read the full letter from the union on the vote

The two-page letter is signed by the leaders of the Pima County Deputy Sheriff's and Correction's Officers Associations. The letter was delivered to the sheriff's attorney today by the unions' attorney, Steve Portell.

Read the sheriff's full letter addressing the union's vote

Cavazos: Why the vote of no confidence now? Why was that taken?
Portell: There's no real political purpose to it, but we've had three years of this administration and one of the things that concerns the deputies and corrections officers I represent is that there are too many broken promises.

The sheriff gave a list of 26 promises during his campaign, according to the letter. The unions cite the major points of contention -- step pay funding and staffing levels.

"A vote of no confidence is a very clear statement that, Sheriff, we don't believe in your leadership," said Portell.

The sheriff responded with a two-page statement Friday afternoon. He wrote, " I was surprised and disappointed to learn that some of our deputies engaged in a vote of no confidence in me as our sheriff. It is not possible to make everyone happy or resolve every issue."

Napier also listed his list of accomplishments under his command -- overall reductions in crime, budget surpluses, compensation increases, rebounding staffing levels and more effective community engagement.

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