Sheriff-elect Paul Penzone announces new executive team appointees

- Maricopa County Sheriff-elect Paul Penzone announced a number of new appointees to his executive team on Tuesday.

Many of the appointees are former employees of the Phoenix Police Department, and none currently work for the Sheriff's Office.

In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Penzone announced that retired Phoenix Police Commander Ben Henry is his Chief Deputy. Henry has served Phoenix Police for 25 years.

Penzone also announced the creation of a new position: the Chief of Staff. That position will be held by Stephanie Fleischman Churney, who will work as a liaison between the Sheriff and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and making sure the office is in compliance with court orders.

In addition to Henry and Churney, Penzone also announced the following appointees:

  • Matt Giordano as Assistant Chief
  • Mark Casey as Director of Public Information
  • Ken Mentzer as Captain for Community Affairs
  • James "J.C." Collins as Director for Community Relations and Outreach
  • Ron Gomez as Community Outreach Officer
  • Shannon Scheel as Director of Drug Education, Prevention and Initiatives

Penzone, who is set to take office on January 1, said he plans to announce a more detailed outline for his first 100 days in office at a later date. However, Penzone has already said, on record, that he will do away with the infamous "pink underwear" that was instituted by Joe Arpaio. As for other programs like Tent City, its fate has yet to be determined.

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