Since the day he was entrusted with this office, Sheriff Penzone has rigorously pursued excellence and worked to restore the public’s trust.
But there’s still more to be done!
As Sheriff of the fourth largest county in America, Sheriff Penzone oversees an annual budget of nearly $400 million dollars. Through effective management, Sheriff Penzone created a $20 million budget surplus, returning $9 million to Maricopa County and reinvested the rest into MCSO – hiring, purchasing much needed safety equipment for deputies and detention officers, and providing long overdue raises to those who sacrifice everything for our community.
When Sheriff Penzone took office he conducted a thorough review of Tent City in conjunction with business and community leaders. The reviews found the facility was ineffective, inefficient and irresponsible, therefore closing Tent City was the right thing to do. Tent City was a stain on Maricopa County and Arizona’s reputation for decades. More importantly, the tents had no impact on public safety. The closure of Tent City was vital to stabilizing the office and its operations. It wasn’t cost efficient, it wasn’t tough on criminals, and it did not provide a safe environment for MCSO employees. Closing Tent City and moving inmates to other detention provided savings to pay for additional positions, equipment and resources needed to promote a safer jail system.
When Sheriff Penzone took office, he found a backlog of thousands of unserved felony warrants from the previous administration. That’s why he created the Fugitive Apprehension Tactical Enforcement (FATE) Unit that works in partnership with the FBI to target and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives in our country.