From the Phoenix Business Journal -
The already-tense fight over immigration in the state could get a lot more intense.
There is talk at the State Capitol of state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, possibly being named head of the state police.
Sources familiar with the situation say Brewer could be replacing Arizona Department of Public Safety director Roger Vanderpool and Pearce’s name has popped up.
Vanderpool was appointed by former governor Janet Napolitano in 2005. Napolitano is a Democrat while Brewer is a Republican.
Such a move, while certain to have some behind-the-scenes benefits for Brewer, would indicate a complete loss of professionalism (or even simple sanity) on the part of the Governor and her advisors.
This state has a bad enough reputation right now, what with the sheriff of the state's largest county turning his department into his own personal force of Brownshirts.
Giving control of the state's police force to one of Arpaio's fellow nativists would be an invitation to the US Department of Justice to find that Arizona law enforcement apparatus should be relieved of its duties due to an complete lack of regard for civil rights and the law.