Since the bus was purchased in May, the Board of Supervisors has refused to authorize its use, something that Arpaio has called a political ploy:
In an August news release, Arpaio claim county management is withholding authorization of the bus as retribution for his investigations into county elected officials and administrators.On Tuesday, the sheriff's office posted a YouTube video and two letters to the county on its "Truth Behind The Headlines" blog.
"This bus was purchased with money from the Jail Enhancement Fund, not from the county budget," he said. "As Sheriff, I have sole discretion on how this particular fund is used. We determined this vehicle was critical to enhance our jail operations. It's time the board and its county manager, David Smith, put public safety above their own political agendas and egos and stop interfering with my mandated duties."
Here's the video: