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Radtke indictment unsealed: Pima's chief deputy accused of $500k in laundering, theft

In an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday, the former chief deputy of the Pima County Sheriff's Department is accused of conspiring to launder money and six counts of theft of public funds, totaling more than a half-million dollars over five years. Chris Radtke resigned Monday following the federal charges.... Read more»

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Oct 12, 2016, 8:06 pm
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Alright…I read this piece, and I’m still not understanding how Nanos and Dupnik get a pass here. Something like this couldn’t have went on without their knowledge, it just couldn’t have. They’re just as liable. Where are their indictments?

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Oct 12, 2016, 10:02 pm
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I worked for the Sheriff’s Dept. for 21 years. Chris Radtke is why I was forced to retire 8 years ago. He was an equal opportunity intimidater. Whether support staff or deputy or detective, if you had the misfortune of making his hit list, he’d watch you for years and look for opportunities to make your life miserable. It was amazing how he had so much time on his hands to manipulate personnel and perpetuate the business style of threats and intimidation. We always referred to this action as “reach out and touch. ” Fellow employees knew you got moved to a bad assignment or worse when “they” reached out and touched.

Sheriff Chris Nanos is a good man, but it is obvious that his other top two people weren’t.  I’m confused as to why Radtke and Gagnepain weren’t shown the door when Chris Nanos was appointed Sheriff. I’d love to hear from retired Sheriff Dupnik as to his roll in protecting and preserving these two men’s jobs all these years.  Because of Radtke and Gagnepain I couldn’t support the re-election of Dupnik every election.  After all, I lost a job I loved due to these men.  I don’t believe Sheriff Nanos was naive, but I do wish he had taken other actions than he did when making appointments.

Chris Radtke finally got what he deserves but Chris Nanos I would still like to give the benefit of the doubt. Having reported directly to him as my immediate supervisor for two years of my life I found him to be fair, honest and full of integrity.  I support him for Sheriff.  He has worked his way up the ladder of the department. I truly believe that he can regain the respect of employees with a clean slate. His community outreach since becoming Sheriff has been impeccable.  He has been visible and available when his predecessor only made appearances in election years.

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