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Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 11:42 am

Pinal County’s new sheriff has announced his management team.

Sheriff Paul Babeu presented his department-restructuring plan recently. It includes the replacement of the department’s top seven officials under the previous sheriff, along with the elimination and reclassification of five additional positions, a department press release says.

Babeu, a Republican, defeated Sheriff Chris Vasquez, a Democrat, in the November election.

The restructuring will initially save the department $400,000, which will be redirected to hiring more deputies and filling key staff positions, the press release says.

The management team will consist of nine new members:

--Lt. Marty Moreno, grants administrator. Moreno spent 25 years with the Tucson Police Department before working as a program manager with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

--Chief Steve Henry, chief deputy law enforcement. Henry previously served as traffic section commander for the Chandler Police Department.

--Cheryl Chase, director of community relations. Chase is a former three-term state representative from Pinal County and worked as a development liaison at Central Arizona College.

--Lt. Blake King, executive officer to the sheriff. King, a former Chandler police officer, will assist the sheriff in official duties and executive projects.

--Chuck Higgins, training coordinator for the posse and mounted unit.

--Chief James Kimble, chief deputy for adult detention. Kimble previously served as deputy warden of the central unit of the Florence prison complex.

--Cmdr. Terry Johnson, commander of operations and security. Johnson is retired from the Arizona Department of Corrections.

--Cmdr. Jayme Valenzuela, commander of support services. Valenzuela has worked for the Sheriff’s Department for 15 years.

--Cmdr. Joe McAuliffe, commander of accreditation. McAuliffe worked 11 years as a police officer and has served as a field training officer and crime prevention officer.

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