Arpaio denies involvement in office's corruption

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 14 at 6:17 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America continued denying that he knew about corruption and mismanagement within his office, saying that he delegated many responsibilities to his former chief deputy.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's testimony came during an appeals hearing over the firing of an employee, Joel Fox.

Fox was fired for allegedly lying about his involvement in a group that gave thousands of dollars for an advertisement attacking the sheriff's 2008 opponent.

Arpaio says he was unaware of the situation and left many management duties to former Chief Deputy David Hendershott.

Arpaio previously gave testimony during a separate October hearing over failed corruption investigations led by his office and one of his allies, saying that he had very little to do with them and that he delegates many responsibilities.

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