Former Pima County sheriff to run for his old job

December 19, 2019 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos is running for his old post in Tucson.

His announcement came after a group of sheriff’s employees paid for a large billboard calling on Nanos to return to his old job.

Nanos is a Democrat who was voted out of office in 2016 after an FBI investigation into department spending. He lost the election to Sheriff Mark Napier, who is a Republican.

But some in the department oppose Napier, and Nanos says he’s been encouraged to run again.

Napier says that he’ll announce after the holidays whether he’s going to seek reelection.

He says that under his leadership, the sheriff’s office has run a budget surplus while providing nearly $5 million in compensation increases to deputies and corrections officers. He also says crime is down.