Sheriff Arpaio fires two of his top aides following investigation

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - Sheriff Joe Arpaio fired the second-highest-ranking official at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and another top aide Friday afternoon. Their terminations followed  a six-month investigation into alleged misconduct at the MCSO.

The terminations of Chief Deputy David Hendershott and Deputy Chief Larry Black are effective May 5.

Allegations against them include mismanagement and campaign finance violations. A lengthy memo from another deputy prompted the investigation, which was conducted by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. The deputy accused Hendershott of using fear tactics, favoritism, and bullying to run his office.

Sheriff Arpaio made no mention of the firings to reporters Friday afternoon, even though he had cameras in his office for a separate press conference.

Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, a longtime Arpaio critic, praised the sheriff's decision to let two of his top men go.

"I think it sends the message that the behavior is wrong, and if others are involved they better watch out because we're not going to take it anymore," said Wilcox.

A third man under investigation, Captain Joel Fox, remains on paid administrative leave.

Prosecutors who are investigating abuse-of-power allegations against the sheriff's office have subpoenaed the report of the investigation.