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Maricopa County sheriff restricts leave during ‘tumultuous’ elections

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone issued a directive restricting personal leave during the upcoming primary and general elections.

Citing safety issues, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone issued a directive on Thursday proscribing personal leave during the upcoming major and basic elections.

In an e mail despatched to all MCSO workers, Penzone admitted it was unusual to concern a such a directive concerning requests for break day.

“Due to the current climate of our elections and to maintain a safe environment for both our community and county employees, I feel it is important to do so,” Penzone wrote.

Penzone stated the personal leave restrictions, efficient Aug. 1-7 and Nov. 7-13, could be during “these unpredictable and tumultuous Primary and General Elections.”

Sheriff Penzone has issued a directive suspending personal leave requests during the primary and general elections citing

MCSO spokesperson Norma Gutierrez-Deorta stated the directive was issued “based on situations we’ve encountered in the past, the volatile environment during elections, like what happened on January 6 at the Capitol.”

Gutierrez-Deorta wouldn’t touch upon whether or not any particular menace had spurred the directive. Sheriff Penzone wouldn’t touch upon the directive.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves stated “we never comment on another agency’s security measures.”

In response to questions on DPS plans concerning election safety, or whether or not the division was conscious of election associated threats in Maricopa County, Graves stated, “We never comment on security intelligence information.” 

Phoenix police spokesperson Vincent Cole wouldn’t touch upon his company’s consciousness of any potential election threats.

“The Phoenix Police Department works cooperatively with local, county and state agencies to ensure the safety of our community,” Cole stated. “We monitor activity related to current events and respond based on intelligence-driven information.”

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