ARIZONA NEWS

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone discusses reasons he’s leaving office early

Oct 12, 2023, 10:00 AM

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announces that he will step down in January 2024, a year befor...

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced that he will step down in January 2024, a year before his second term ends, during an Oct. 2, 2023, press conference in Phoenix, Arizona. (KTAR News Photo/Balin Overstolz-McNair)

(KTAR News Photo/Balin Overstolz-McNair)

PHOENIX – In his first interview since announcing he was leaving office early, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said Thursday that a combination of things led to the decision.

Penzone revealed during an Oct. 2 press conference that he will step down in January, a year before his current term ends.

“There’s so many facts to it; the majority are all good,” Penzone told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News. “It’s been an incredible privilege. Nearly finishing two terms as sheriff was nothing I ever expected in my bucket list, or anywhere else. I felt like we accomplished a lot.”

Without specifying his next move, Penzone said there are other opportunities he wants to pursue at this stage of his life.

“I also want open the door for the next person up to come in and make even more improvements and do more for the men and women of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.”

Who does Sheriff Penzone think should replace him?

Penzone has talked to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors about choosing a successor, but he said he won’t be “too involved” in the process.

However, he would like to see someone from within the agency get the job.

“This is a situation where you’re kind of maintaining what exists until the next sheriff is selected in the election, so I think it should be somebody inside,” he said.

“I think it’s going to give the men and women the sense of comfort that this person already knows what they’re doing, knows the people, understands the circumstances and kind of keep things moving forward.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A Fry's Food & Drug store in Arizona. (Photo by Heidi Donat)...

Andy Giegerich and Jeff Gifford/Phoenix Business Journal

Fry’s parent Kroger lists 73 Valley stores that would be sold in merger with Albertsons

Just over six dozen Safeway and Albertsons stores in the Phoenix metro are on a list of 101 Arizona locations set to be divested under the pending Kroger-Albertsons merger.

11 minutes ago

A man was arrested after allegedly shooting another man in Glendale Sunday morning. (Glendale PD Fa...

KTAR.com

Man injured after argument spurns shooting in Glendale

A man was arrested Sunday morning in Glendale for allegedly shooting another man during an argument, authorities said.

8 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Servic...

KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Everything you need to know about the Trump rally shooting

Between the shooting at a Donald Trump rally on Saturday and everything since, here are the top news stories from over the weekend.

9 hours ago

State Route 74 near Lake Pleasant has closed in both directions due to a crash, according to ADOT. ...

KTAR.com

State Route 74 near Lake Pleasant reopened in both directions after crash

State Route 74 near Lake Pleasant was reopened in both directions Sunday after a closure due to a crash, according to ADOT.

10 hours ago

Phoenix Police Department vehicle...

KTAR.com

Man arrested for DUI-related collision in south Phoenix that killed 1, injured 3 others

A 22-year-old man was arrested and processed for DUI Saturday evening after colliding with a vehicle, leaving one dead and three injured in south Phoenix.

12 hours ago

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office vehicles outside man's residence in Diamond Valley...

KTAR.com

Man with criminal past arrested for allegedly making death threats to neighbor, barricading home

A 73-year-old man was arrested after making death threats and barricading himself inside his home Saturday night, authorities say.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone discusses reasons he’s leaving office early