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Sheriff’s office in Phoenix struggling with Arpaio legacy

Joe Arpaio
Posted at 12:08 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 15:08:09-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The race for Maricopa County sheriff pits Democratic incumbent Paul Penzone against Republican Jerry Sheridan, who served as the agency's second-in-command during the final years of Joe Arpaio's tenure as sheriff.

Penzone came into office promising to bring a more low-key professionalism than Arpaio, closed his predecessor’s complex of jail tents, and made more strides than Arpaio in complying with court-ordered overhauls of the agency that have stripped away of some of its autonomy.

Sheridan is selling himself as a leader with 38 years of experience who can lift up sagging employee morale and help win some of the agency’s autonomy back from the court.