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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, then Democratic Maricopa County sheriff candidate Paul Penzone speaks to supporters during an election party in Phoenix. Penzone unseated longtime incumbent Joe Arpaio. Arpaio became a national political figure by taking on duties that none of his counterparts would ever touch, jailing inmates in tents, making them wear pink underwear, leading immigration crackdowns and investigating President Barack Obama's birth certificate. The defeat of the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix raises questions about whether his successor, Penzone, will keep the contentious practices and how he will overhaul an agency that has been criticized for targeting immigrants, creating a culture of cruelty in its jails and serving as self-promotional vehicle for Arpaio. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Paul Penzone, replacement for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is facing odd and tough choices


Sheriff Joe Arpaio made headlines and became a national political figure due to his unusual and divisive approach to policing, such as jailing inmates in tents, making them wear pink underwear, leading crackdowns on illegal immigration and investigating President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The new sheriff, Paul Penzone of Phoenix, will have a series of decisions to make in the coming months about how to proceed with the many headline-grabbing policies that defined Arpaio's two-decade tenure.

Paul Penzone says he will eliminate the pink underwear. He's willing to close the tent-city jail, but is reserving judgment until he can make a full evaluation.

The investigation into the outgoing president's birth certificate will end. Penzone also plans to scale back the old-time chain gangs that Arpaio used. The most problematic challenge Penzone will face is restoring trust in the Latino community. Arpaio had damaged that relationship with harsh immigration crackdowns.

“You can be efficient, you can be ethical, you can be professional and still be strong on crime,”
Paul Penzone- incoming Arizona Sheriff

Penzone said he would re-establish trust by emphasizing professionalism. He said he is not worried about possible negative reactions. Arpaio mentioned that he is fine with any changes his successor decides to implement. 

Here's how some feel about Paul Penzone taking Arpaio's place. 

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