Arizona to Pay for Sheriff to Patrol Colorado City
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office plans to provide funding to the Mohave County sheriff to provide law enforcement patrols in a northern Arizona community with a polygamist enclave.
Attorney General Tom Horne announced Thursday his office will provide $420,000 for deputies to patrol Colorado City, located in a remote area between the Grand Canyon and Utah. The money comes from assets seized in criminal drug prosecutions.
Horne announced the plan just over a month after the Arizona Legislature rejected Horne-backed legislation to abolish the Colorado City’s Marshal’s Office and to have sheriff’s deputies patrol Colorado City instead.
“This grant will serve as a bridge until next year, when hopefully the legislation will pass,” Horne said.
Horne contends that marshal’s officers are followers of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs and put following Jeffs over obeying the law.