“I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight. I was not terminated from the position of chief of police for the Gila River Indian Community. That statement is 100% false. Additionally, I was never made aware of any investigation into my conduct, which makes me doubt the validity of that statement. I do not think it is a coincidence that these allegations are surfacing now that I am running for Pinal County sheriff.
During my tenure as chief of police for the Gila River Indian Community, I held my officers accountable for their actions. In addition, I was able to hire more than fifty new officers in less then two years. With these highly trained officers, crime was aggressively fought, and the community benefitted.
For over two decades, I have shown that I have the dedication and determination to make a difference in law enforcement. As the next Pinal County sheriff, I will continue to demand the best from my officers. The residents of Pinal County deserve nothing less. I will implement my 180-Day Plan on day one, and make the changes necessary for Pinal County to be the safest in the country.
While I may be new to running for public office, I recognize dirty politics. Despite this attempt to smear my reputation, I can proudly stand on my record as an officer of the law. As the next Pinal County sheriff, keeping Pinal County safe will be my number one priority.”
More about Derek Arnson:
Derek Arnson has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. While serving as Gang Task Force Supervisor for Pinal County, Arnson led an unprecedented multi-agency operation called “Enough is Enough.” The successful operation was aimed at taking the tri-city streets back from the gangs and drug dealers that had become commonplace.
Arnson served as a member of the Department of Public Safety, where he provided protective duty to former governors Fife Symington and Jane Hull. Additionally, Arnson held command positions with both the Buckeye and Hayden police departments.
Arnson and his wife of 24 years live in the San Tan Valley with their two children. To learn more about Derek Arnson and his campaign to be the next Pinal County sheriff, please visit www.derekforsheriff.com.