Maricopa County supervisors are holding more than a million dollars in sheriff's funds hostage -- mostly because some supervisors are under criminal investigation by deputies -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio says.
Arpaio, joined by County Attorney Andrew Thomas and State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa., called Tuesday for the supervisors to release $1.6 million of state-funded money to help in the sheriff's fight against illegal immigration.
Pearce said the Legislature intended that the sheriff's office get the money, which was taken away by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano last year amid controversy over the sheriff's immigration policies.
Arpaio said he received a letter Monday from the president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Mark Spencer, supporting the idea that the supervisors are withholding the money because some board members are under investigation.