Alleging “an extreme level of deceit and dishonesty” by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County’s longest-tenured elected supervisor says the sheriff’s office needs new leadership.
“There’s honestly no way in good conscience I could vote for the sheriff,” Andy Kunasek, a Republican, said during a sit-down interview with 12 News.
Kunasek, a self-described “limited-government fiscal conservative” from Paradise Valley is calling it quits this year after finishing his fifth term.
As a member of the governing body that approved sheriff’s office funds for nearly 20 years, Kunasek says he witnessed up close how Arpaio’s decisions wasted tax dollars and eroded the public’s trust in law enforcement.
“I think it’s hard for conservatives out there to think someone [in law enforcement] is really capable of violating that trust,” Kunasek said.