Group wants county to seek Arpaio's resignation

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- The group that led the recall effort against former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce plans to ask county officials to seek the resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for a Better Arizona, says members of his group will press the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday to pass a future resolution that seeks Arpaio's ouster.

The board has budgetary authority over the sheriff, but don't have the power to fire Arpaio.

The sheriff has rejected other resignation calls over his office's handling of more than 400 sex-crimes cases that weren't adequately investigated or weren't investigated at all. The cases were later reopened.

Parraz's group has launched a campaign to get other elected officials to voice their opposition to the sheriff.