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Supervi - Burr won the 1958 elec: elec: by trouncing the...
Burr won the 1958 elec: elec: by trouncing the Republi-. incumbent with the largest gained by any victor year. ' - .. . · ' he was handed the to the County Jail at midnight Jan. 1, -1959, his name clear of the question attached to it 10 years : won resoundingly again 1960, and by 1962 had become so politically invincible he ran unopposed in both primary and general elections. effortlessly won a four- term 'in 1964, the same he was named Sheriff of Year by the Arizona Coun- Attorneys' and Sheriffs' His first close challenge in 1968, when he defeated Rocco J. Andresano by out of 98,000 votes cast. positive contributions as included improvements jail facilities both here and Ajo, coordination of search rescue efforts, provision deputy training programs, modernization of communication systems and inauguration of a firearms safety course for youths. . Burr administration 1966, however, will be remembered, perhaps, recurring appearances of a chain of newspaper enterprised by the Tucson Daily Citizen, the sheriff that Bun 1 had allowed five deputies to skip regular patrol duty for long periods in order to sell $27,000 worth of 'advertisements 'advertisements for a circus program program ostensibly sponsored by Pima Lodge 20 of the Fraternal Fraternal Order of Police. The paper also exposed that for eight years under Burr, $100 a month had been disappearing disappearing from the revenues' of a jail commissary. After a lengthy legal battle, the funds were declared private, not public, money. Later, the paper reported that one of Burr's top deputies had falsified expense documents documents for an out-of-town trip, and that the sheriff's office had misplaced a gun needed as evidence in a murder trial. Burr said of the gun, "The last time I saw it, it wasn't lost." Eventually, it turned up. That same year, his personnel personnel gave him the diamond- studded badge 'for his birthday. birthday. Later, that gift "was a matter of interest to a grand jury investigating the depart- -ment. Four days after Burr's 1968 re-election, the Citizen published published a deputy's sworn statement statement that he had paid Burr $600 for his law enforcement job. The deputy also accused the sheriff of having pocketed a percentage of deputies' "moonlight" job earnings. A grand jury was impaneled Because the alleged job sales had occurred more than a year before the jury's accusations accusations were made, attempts to remove the three from office office were legally blocked. The Citizen'played a part in the investigation leading to this year's indictment of Burr and six of his officers on multiple multiple felony counts. Burr was charged with con-' spiracy, receiving bribes, selling selling deputies' jobs and an attempt attempt to get a former deputy to perjure himself. The bribery counts involved alleged payoffs by operators of houses of prostitution. Information Information developed, in part, by the Citizen led state authorities authorities to - compile evidence which produced those charges. Technically, Burr leaves office office with a clean slate. He has been convicted of nothing. . To many Tucsonlans, Burr has been a generous benefactor benefactor in times of need. Qth- ers see his generosity as having having been politically motivated. To many, he has been the smiling man who annually leads the colorful Mounted Sheriff's Posse along the Ro- deo'Parade route. Others saw him as a pseudo-cowboy. .To some, he has been the stern-faced authority depicted in the newspapers as he brings a suspected murderer to jail. To would-be politicians he has been a powerful force in Supervisors Silent On Burr's Successor By HARRY CLINE Citizen Staff Writers Speculation has touched on several potential successors to former Sheriff Waldon. V. Burr, but the three men who will make the appointment have taken no stand. Prominently mentioned as candidates for the post are former South Tucson Police Chief George K. Robles and Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack C. Ledford. Others mentioned include Stephen D. Neely, a deputy county attorney; Lt. Robert J. Grant of the Tucson Police Department; Rocco J. Andresano, Andresano, who lost to Burr in the 1968 election; and Peter San Angelo, a former state narcotics narcotics agent and former sheriff's sheriff's deputy. But the County Board of Supervisors, Supervisors, which will make the appointment to succeed Burr, has given no indication who favorites might be. The supervisors, however, appear split over when the appointment appointment will be made. Supervisors Supervisors Thomas S. Jay and Dennis Weaver favor a selection selection possibly by early next week and Supervisor Jim Murphy advocates a delay of about 30 days. Jay and Weaver often agree on issues, with Murphy in opposition. opposition. For example when the board appointed Rose Silver Silver as county attorney in 1969, Jay and Weaver voted for her but Murphy was against her appointment. The present salary for the office of sheriff of Pima County County is $15,000 but, with authorization authorization from the last legislature, legislature, will advance to $19,500 on Jan. 1,1973. Murphy said last night that he wants the delay to allow time for interviewing several candidates and to give the supervisors supervisors a chance to assess the performance of the Sheriff's Sheriff's Office under Chief Deputy Michael S. Ban 1 , the acting sheriff. In a statement issued two week ago, Jay and Weaver said that in the event of a vacancy vacancy in Burr's office no present member of the Sheriff's Sheriff's Office would be appointed as successor. The statement was issued to quell a battle then apparently raging between Barr and former former Undersheriff Richard C. Williams over who would become become Burr's heir apparent. Murphy, on vacation at the time of the statement, said Barr Robles Atulresano Ledford San Angelo Grant last night, "1 think there arc a lot of good men in the Sheriff's Office, and I would hate to sec them all summarily removed from consideration." The other two supervisors, however, indicated that they would not budge from -their previous decision. The only selection guideline emerging from the supervisors supervisors in interviews last night was that the person appointed to fill the 15 months remaining in Burr's four-year term would be a Democrat, as was the formfir sheriff. Robles, who retired in July after serving two years as South Tucson's police chief, is a Democrat. AH three supervisors supervisors acknowledged he had been mentioned to them as a possible successor to Burr. Robles, who served 20 years with the Tucson Police Department, Department, reaching the rank of lieutenant before taking tho South Tucson post, could not be reached for comment. When he announced his retirement, retirement, ho said he had been approached by "several persons" persons" to run for sheriff in the 1972 election. Ledford also could not. be reached for comment. Only Murphy acknowledged that the former Davis-Monthan A KB commander had been mentioned to him as a possible possible successor. Although saying the "several "several persons" suggested to him as Burr successors did not. include Ledford, Weaver called the relired general "qualified" for the post. Retiring from the Air Force last year while serving as 1)M's 1)M's commander, Ledford, 5), is now an official at Southern Arizona Bank and Trust Co. and a member of (he County Planning and Zoning Commission. Commission. Jay said he had "no reaction" reaction" to the possibility of Ledford Ledford becoming sheriff. Ncely informed the board yesterday he was inlcresld in the job. "I pointed out to them," Necly said last night, 'that the Sheriff's office involves more than law enforcement. It involves supervision of 300 men and administration of an annual $2 million budget." None of the supervisors commented nn Necly's candidacy. candidacy. Several Tucson Police Department Department officers have been mentioned as potential successors, successors, but of those contacted only Grant refused to rule himself out of consideration. Grant, 35, has expressed interest interest in the job, according to a source close to the Sheriff's Office, but the lieutenant refused refused comment, on his availability. availability. A force commander in the police department's uniformed division, Grant has a bachelor of science degree in public administration administration from the University University of Arizona and in January will complete work on a master's master's degree in law enforcement enforcement administration. Grant has been a police officer officer for 14 years, eight of in Tucson. Murphy and Jay-said that supporters of Andresano had approached them on his behalf. But the two supervisors ruled the former stale liquor control agent out of consideration consideration as they did San Angelo, Angelo, a former stale narcotics agent and sheriff's deputy who has been mentioned as a possible possible successor. Barr said yesterday that he was "disappointed" with Jay and Weaver's decision eliminating eliminating current sheriff's em- ployes from the succession. The acting sheriff said the two supervisors acted without sufficient information regarding regarding the situation at the Sheriff's Sheriff's Office. Barr's candidacy could find new life, however, if Murphy is able to convince cither Jay or Weaver that a delay should be made in making the appointment. appointment. Junior College Out-Of-State Fee Standardization Urged PHOENIX (UPI) - The Stale Legislature was urged yesterday to establish a standard standard oul.-of-sl.ate tuition foe for Arizona junior colleges. The suggestion was made by Hop. Gladys Gardner, It-Prescolt, It-Prescolt, after a report revealed a disparity among existing fees at the various schools. The report said Eastern Arizona Arizona Community college at Thatcher charged $400 per semester semester for out-of-state tuition. The fee at Pima College was listed at $fiOO. A spokesman said Eastern Arizona charged the low figure figure to attract children of alurcni to the southeastern Arizona campus. But Mrs. Gardner, chairman chairman of a joint subcommittee studying communiy college financing, financing, said she wondered if the students were attracted to the school "because of the bargain and not because of any great feeling for the school."

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  1. Tucson Daily News,
  2. 25 Sep 1971, Sat,
  3. Page 5

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