Police Chief Out To Trade Badge For Sheriff's Star

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There's only room in this county for one sheriff, and Globe Police Chief John Armer wants to be that man.


Armer, a Democrat, recently announced his plan to run for the sheriff's office, which is being vacated by retiring Sheriff Joe Rodriquez.


His competition, so far, will include Republican Art Stone and Democrat Mike Hull -- both Payson residents.


"The sheriff's office is really my background," Armer said. "I have a strong background in management, and I grew up in the sheriff's office, spending 21 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office."


The chief said he feels he can be of greater benefit to Gila County residents by becoming their sheriff.


Armer said he feels his experience will go a long way toward correcting some of the deficiencies that exist within the sheriff's department.


"I think good management practices will help with that," he said. "My track record with both the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and the Globe Police Department speaks to my abilities.


"One of my strongest points," he said, "is that I tend to business and I devote my entire energy to whatever needs to be done."


Throughout his career with Maricopa County, Armer worked in the jail, criminal investigations, communications, special projects, research, planning, records and civil process, and as a uniformed patrol officer.


He retired in 1989 with the rank of major, and in 1995, was appointed Globe's chief of police, a position he still holds today.


"There's nothing in the personnel rules that prohibits me from continuing my employment while running for office," Armer said.


A third-generation Gila County native, Armer is the son of Helen Armer Smith and the late Ben G. Armer. He has relatives all around the county, including Payson's constable Eddie Armer. He graduated from Globe High School in 1963, and the University of Arizona in 1967 with a bachelor of science degree in public administration.

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