Maricopa Cty. board may need to redo MCSO-Guadalupe meeting

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 19

MESA -- Maricopa County Supervisors could be forced to repeat most of their Wednesday meeting because deputies and security officials barred the doors after ejecting a group of protesters.

The actions prevented the public from entering the meeting chambers for about 90 minutes.

May have violated open meetings law

Supervisors voted at the meeting to allow Sheriff Joe Arpaio to cancel a police-service contract with the town of Guadalupe. He wants to sever the contract after his illegal immigration sweeps raised the ire of some town leaders.

Attorney General Terry Goddard's office is looking into what happened and whether it violated the state's open meetings law.

Protesters opposed to Arpaio's sweeps were speaking at the start of the meeting when authorities stepped in and ordered the group's leader to leave.

Others followed them out, and the doors were barred while the meeting continued.

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Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune

ORIGINAL STORY: Supervisors terminate MCSO's contract with Guadalupe

GUADALUPE -- The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to terminate the sheriff's office's contract with the town of Guadalupe in 180 days, however there is a stipulation.

They will come back and try to mediate within the next 60 days. If they can come to some sort of conclusion, then the contract would not be terminated.

The dispute between the little town and the sheriff's office goes back to April, when the former mayor got into a dispute with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The supervisors expect vote on the contract Wednesday. That request came from Arpaio.

MCSO will still patrol the town for the next six months.

A group of protesters was asked to leave the meeting shortly after it started.

The protesters wanted to be put on the agenda for next month to discuss their concerns over Arpaio's illegal immigration enforcement efforts. But when the group got loud, county officials asked them to leave.

When deputies blocked the entrance to the building, saying that it was "locked down," protesters got enraged, citing open meeting laws.

The Sheriff's Office said the deputies were not the ones to block the building. They said it was county protective services and the county who wanted the building cleared when they had some disruptions.