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Posted on: February 5, 2024 | Last Modified on: February 5, 2024

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to Interview Three Sheriff Candidates on Feb. 6


Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 5, 2024) – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will interview three sheriff candidates tomorrow morning, February 6, 2024. The three candidates are being considered as possible options to fill the vacancy from the time the board announces its succession plan until Maricopa County residents elect a new sheriff in November 2024.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an application for this important position,” said Chairman Jack Sellers, District 1. “The board is considering these three applicants because of their extensive law enforcement backgrounds and commitment to public safety. During the interview process, the board hopes to learn more about their visions for serving the residents of Maricopa County.”

The interview schedule, conducted in private executive sessions, is as follows:

  • 9:00-9:30am: Jeffrey Kirkham
  • 9:45-10:15am: Patrick Valenzuela, Sr.
  • 10:30-11:00am: Russ Skinner

Chief Deputy Sheriff Russ Skinner has filled the role since Sheriff Paul Penzone’s last day in office on January 12, 2024. The board accepted applications from interested parties from January 10-19, and may reopen applications again if needed.

Per state law, the new sheriff must be a resident of Maricopa County and of the same party as the outgoing sheriff, which, in this case, is a Democrat. The Board of Supervisors plans to make a decision regarding this critical position as soon as possible.

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