Guest Opinion by Sam Stone
Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos is running for re-election after taking office a little over a year ago when his 79-year old boss – Clarence Dupnik – handed him the keys to the castle after 35 years at the helm. It was a apt promotion: Nanos had been reportedly running the office for his aging Sheriff for a number of years – proving conclusively that he could effectively maintain the bureaucratic bloat, insider favoritism, and mediocre results his predecessor had become known for.
Since taking office, Nanos has overseen at least one scandal: giving almost $20,000 to the niece of one of his detectives so she could buy the equipment to run for-profit cafes at their headquarters and the county jail.
He also defended the actions of deputies when they shot and killed decorated Marine veteran and father Jose Guerena – actions that resulted in a $3.4 million dollar settlement against Pima County.
All that, of course, while his Deputies get stiffed.
But none of that makes Sheriff Nanos mad. What really gets Chris Nanos mad? People mocking his pansy ass logo.
After the first few, more people chimed in, including yours truly…
That’s when Sheriff Touchy stepped in to regulate!
I mean, good advice, I thought…
And he did “like” it….
But, no, Sheriff Touchy couldn’t let it go at that.
A couple of points:
- I think he’s referring (one sided-story) to the café. Maybe they had really, really good sandwiches. Or something.
- I wasn’t actually referring to his website, just his Pansy logo.
- If I was running his campaign, I’d probably be running for the hills right about…now…
Let’s hope Pima County voters do the same in November.
(In case you were wondering, Mark Napier, who narrowly lost to Sheriff Touchy’s boss in the last election, is vying for the office again.)