PCSO CHIEF DEPUTY TO SEEK OPEN SHERIFF SEAT
Steve Henry Announces Campaign to Fill the Big Shoes of Sheriff Paul Babeu
(San Tan Valley, AZ) — Steve Henry, the Pinal County Sheriff Office Chief Deputy, announced today that he would be running to fill the impending open Sheriff’s position.
With the recent news that current Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will be running for the open 1st Congressional District their will need to be a strong and capable person to fill those shoes.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Over the last 7 years we have accomplished so much here at the Pinal County Sheriff’s office and I could not have done it alone. Chief Henry has been with me every step of the way as we have enforced the rule of law, raised the standards at PCSO and aggressively fought the drug cartels.”
Pinal County is a major pass through county in Arizona for drug smugglers due to Arizona’s natural landscape and given that Pinal County is larger than the state of Connecticut it faces many challenges to law enforcement.
“Providing fast response times in such a large County is an organizational challenge and whoever takes over for me when I leave needs to have the experience to get the job done,” Babeu said. “As I go off to take the fight in Congress for stronger border security and the rule of law I do not want to undue all the good we have done at PCSO since I was elected. Chief Henry has my full support for his run for Sheriff and I could think of no one more qualified and able to continue to do all the good things we started on 7 years ago.”
Steve Henry stated, “Sheriff Paul Babeu is a friend and we have accomplished great things together. I can think of no one else in Pinal County that has given so much back to the community and impacted peoples lives in such a positive way. I have no doubt he will make a great Congressman, until then, I plan to continue the great work we have started.”
Steve Henry lives in San Tan Valley with wife Sally and two teenage children. One of his daughters is married to an active duty Marine and they live at Camp Pendleton.
Steve Henry has a long and distinguished career in Public service and law enforcement. Prior to becoming the Chief Deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’ Office in 2009 where he oversees a staff of 700 employees and volunteers with a budget of $44 million, Chief Henry served in various specialized and leadership positions in municipal and county law enforcement agencies including assignments in Patrol, Field Training, SWAT, Gang Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Community Services, Special assignments with the Bicycle Unit and Traffic Unit and recruiting unit. Chief Henry holds numerous certifications to include Hate and Bias Crime Investigations, General Instructor, Fire Arms Instructor, Court certified expert witness in Criminal Street Gangs, to name just a few. Chief Henry also served as an enlisted member and as an Officer in the United States Army, Chief Henry has the experience and training to meet the diverse challenges law enforcement faces in today’s society. Combining his Master Degree in Educational Leadership with specialized leadership training from the FBI National Academy and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Chief Henry is a force in bringing innovative and new programs forward that promote public safety.
Chief Henry is currently a Board Member of the Pinal County Drug Coalition, a Board Member for the Arizona Governors Office of Highway Safety DUI Commission, adjunct member of the Arizona Legislature Border Security Committee, past Vice-President and member of the Pinal County Law Enforcement Association and is a member of numerous other organizations. Chief Henry’s awards are too numerous to list but they include the Eagle Scout award, Police Medal of Honor, two Meritorious Service awards, and the Sheriffs Exceptional Leadership Award.