Standards for Maricopa County Sheriff should be raised – Joe Arpaio is not a certified peace officerby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jun. 05, 2012, under 2012 Arizona Elections, Hispanic Latino Vote, Independent voter centrist moderate swing vote, Women Voters
Mike Stauffer, the independent candidate running for the Maricopa County Sheriff is the strongest opponent against the infamous Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Mike received 2x more the endorsements from Maricopa County voters (Mike received 30,000 signatures and Arpaio only received 15,000), and he received 5x more the endorsements compared to the democratic candidates.
Independent registered voters will decide the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race in 2012.
Under Mike Stauffer as sheriff of Maricopa County Sheriff, he would work with state legislature to amend Title 11 to add the requirement of being able to qualify for and maintain peace officer certification for all candidates for county sheriff.
I will work with the state legislature to amend Title 11 to add the requirement of being able to qualify for and maintain peace officer certification for all candidates for county sheriff. The current Maricopa County sheriff is not, and has never been, a certified peace officer in the state of Arizona. Police chiefs in this state have this requirement. The county sheriff should be held to the same standards as the rest of the law enforcement community.
Furthermore, upon Mike’s election as Maricopa County Sheriff, he would have a few objectives for the de-politicization of the Sheriff’s office. One goal for him is to change the office from a partisan to non-partisan office. The sheriff should be elected in the same manner we elect our city mayors, council, and school board members. It appears that this may be achieved once the “Open Government” initiative, which will be on the ballot, is passed by the voters in November.