Arizona voters may have ousted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, denying him an unprecedented seventh term, but “America’s toughest sheriff” might already have another line on a new job – a federal job.
Arpaio is on President-elect Donald Trump’s list of possible candidates to head up the Department of Homeland Security.
An ABC News story Thursday morning ran down what Trump’s administration might look like, including Arpaio or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was also on the short list for vice president, leading DHS.
Known for creating Tent City and feeding inmates bologna sandwiches, Arpaio, 84, made a national name for himself as an immigration enforcer, dedicating himself to cracking down on illegal immigration after Arizona passed a law banning immigrant smuggling in 2005. Under his leadership, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested hundreds of immigrants accused of using fake IDs to get jobs.
Arpaio has been a staunch and vocal supporter of Trump. Arpaio formally endorsed the now president-elect in January, months before he even won the Republican nomination.
Arpaio has not only appeared at local rallies for Trump, but he also spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in June.
Before becoming the sheriff of Maricopa County in 1993, Arpaio spent 25 years with the Drug Enforcement Administion. He served in the Army in the early ’50s, part of the time as a military policeman. When he was discharged, he sis a short stint as a cop in Las Vegas before moving on to the DEA.