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Allegations of criminal activity, corruption at the Pima Co. Sheriff's Department

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Just over a month before the election in which Democratic Sheriff Chris Nanos faces Republican challenger Mark Napier, critics say the Pima County Sheriff's Department may have mishandled money and an investigation. 

This is the time of year where you just have to question whether everything is political, especially serious charges leveled at a candidate for office.

Long time Tucsonan and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona is making charges that PCSD is corrupt under Chris Nanos.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Carmona held a press conference surrounded by union officers, to make those charges.  

Fairly short of specifics, Carmona alleged there is a reign of terror at the department under Nanos, a hostile work environment, and that officers are working under the fear of retribution. 

Coming this close to election day, one could say there is nothing political about it, but Nanos does not believe that to be the case. 

The Sheriff's Department Association, the union, said it took a vote and a very high percentage of the officers do not want to endorse Nanos.

However, Nanos brought up the fact that when his predecessor Clarence Dupnik was Sheriff, the association endorsed him only once, in nine elections.  

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