Arpaio to be sworn in Monday for 6th term

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be sworn in Monday for his sixth term in office.

He beat Democratic challenger Paul Penzone last November with more than 50 percent of the votes in an election that caused controversy because of documents that listed an incorrect election date in the Spanish-language version.

Leaders of Citizens for a Better Arizona will rally outside of the Board of Supervisors Auditorium at 205 W. Jefferson St. in Phoenix. CBA member Carolyn Cooper argues that Arpaio paid for re-election.

“Sheriff Arpaio bought this election by spending over $8.2 million,” Cooper said. “…with over 80 percent of those contributions coming from donors outside the state of Arizona.”

Arpaio became sheriff in 1993 and has since earned the title of “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” He is the target of a Justice Department lawsuit that alleges civil rights abuses by his office. He lost a bid in December to dismiss the lawsuit. Arpaio also faces criticism over his handling of more than 400 sex crimes.

Arpaio requested that his wife, Ava, administer the oath of office to him. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. inside the Sheriff’s Training Center Auditorium at 2627 S. 35th Ave. in Phoenix.