Arizona's Politics (and, possibly other reporters) started investigating the status of Posse-owned vehicles, the accountability and transparency of the Cold Case Posse - as well as some of the other Posses affiliated with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office ("MCSO") - and other related issues after Reilly published an account (on March 9) of his involvement with Sheriff Arpaio and the Cold Case Posse on a website that has focused on exposing the so-called "Birther Movement".
Reilly wrote that he quickly became disenchanted with the way the "investigation" was being handled, and resigned from the posse. He became more and more bothered by the continuing investigation, and how CCP leader Mike Zullo and Sheriff Arpaio kept investigating and soliciting donations even after Secretary of State Ken Bennett received Hawaii's Verification of Birth. (For the rest of Reilly's account, read his letter on ObamaConspiracy.com.)
The following day, Arizona's Politics began following up not only with Reilly, but also with the Sheriff's Office and the County (which generally are not on the same page in the last 20 years). Some of the questions were repeats from 2012 and 2013, when the Sheriff and the Cold Case Posse he had tasked with the investigation held news conferences and meetings. For example, who does the CCP answer to financially - it tells the IRS that it is responsible to the MCSO, but the MCSO and the County say they have no financial oversight.
Followup questions received silence, but things were apparently happening beneath the surface.
Ray Stern at the Phoenix New Times has uncovered a March 24 memo from the MCSO to its posse units about the insurance issues on Posse-owned vehicles with government plates. On March 26, MCSO spokesperson Lt. Brandon Jones responded to Arizona's Politics, sending a copy of the July 31, 2012 policy sent to the posses on the 24th. (Policy is reproduced below the jump.)
So, the Reilly revelations about the problems that he saw with the relationship between the MCSO, the Posses, and the Posse members are already having valuable effects. This continuing insurance glitch will result in ensuring that uninsured Posse-owned vehicles are not involved in some catastrophe with everyone's financial responsibility fingers pointing at each other.
It is apparent that a number of larger questions will remain once the insurance glitch is corrected. There will still be the issues of accountability for Posses and their members when they are using the vehicles and when they are using county-purchased gasoline. There will be the issues of financial accountability when Posses and their members receive donations from the public or from book deals, etc. - and, whom do the Posses have to make financial reports to.*
Most of the dominos have yet to fall, and Arizona's Politics - and, other reporters - will attempt to make sure that they remain lined up.
* This may be the mirror image of the brouhaha and investigation in the distant past of the accounting for Sheriff Joe's famous pink boxer sales. In that case, the MCSO had been collecting the money before passing it on to an auxiliary.
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