There's a new sheriff in Colorado City

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

COLORADO CITY, Ariz. -- The Mohave County Sheriff's Office has officially launched patrols and law-enforcement duties in the polygamous community of Colorado City.

"It's an effort to provide unbiased and professional law enforcement to people who haven't always had that in the past", Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan told 3TV's Mike Watkiss on the eve of the  change.

Up until now, Colorado City had its own small police department -- the Town Marshal's Office.

Made up of six men, all of them faithful followers of convicted pedophile Warren Jeffs, the iron-fisted leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Colorado City Town Marshal's Office has long been a source of controversy, even garnering allegations of corruption.

"They enforce the edicts of Warren Jeffs and not the law," Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said. Horne has made Colorado City one of his top priorities.

He's proved he's serious about it, sending more than $400,000 to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office to cover the overtime generated by its new duties in Colorado City. The money for the federally approved grant came from asset-forfeiture funds from drug prosecutions.

Watkiss was on hand in Colorado City Friday morning for the changing of the guard, which he called "a new chapter in Colorado City history."

As for Jeffs, he remains in a Texas prison.