What's next for Pima Co. Sheriff-elect Mark Napier

Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 3:00 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:16 PM MST
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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County voters have elected a new sheriff, as Republican Mark Napier beat Democratic incumbent Chris Nanos by more than 50 percent of the vote.

"It's such a relief," said sheriff-elect Napier the day after election day. "It's been seven months and a lot of hard work."

However, the work is far from over.

When he takes office next year, Napier will inherit some of the Pima County Sheriff's Department problems and trust issues.

The most recent scandal includes a federal indictment that alleges the PCSD Deputy Chief misused money. Napier said he is ready to take on the challenge.

"I think the some of the house cleaning will happen on its own," explained Napier." I think some of that will take care of itself. And I think there are other things we need to do organizationally."

Pima County Deputy's Association's chairman Kevin Kubitskey said it's the first thing the union would like Napier to do.

"The fact that these indictments have come down and there's more things to come from that, we'd like to see that happen as quickly as possible," said Kubitskey. "When I say realign, we seem to be too top heavy."

Kubitskey added his members have expressed they'd like their pay raise plan to go back to the way it used to be.

"It (the current plan) didn't come close to what they were promised when they were hired," he said.

Napier said besides reorganizing the department, he would like to strengthen relationships and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies in Southern Arizona.

"That's something we haven't really done a very good job of in the past, because there's been these artificial barriers around and a lot of it has been due to egos and other things that do not serve public safety very well," he explained.

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