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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:15 pm | Updated: 2:20 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The state agency that certifies police officers is investigating a Pinal County sheriff's commander. According to Lyle Mann, executive director of the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, or POST, the probe involves inconsistencies in commander Joe McAuliffe's current certification application with the board and past ones.

The state agency that certifies police officers is investigating a Pinal County sheriff’s commander.

According to Lyle Mann, executive director of the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, or POST, the probe involves inconsistencies in commander Joe McAuliffe’s current certification application with the board and past ones.

McAuliffe used to be a Chandler police officer and followed Sheriff Paul Babeu, also a former Chandler police officer, to Pinal County when Babeu took office in January.

Babeu said through a spokeswoman that it would be inappropriate to comment on the matter until after the board decides what action to take on McAuliffe at its meeting Wednesday.

“Our belief is that the board is not going to find much merit or much concern with what is being presented,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Tamatha Villar.

Villar said POST audited McAuliffe’s personnel file recently and found some “relatively minor” problems and some “additional concerns” have cropped up.

The sheriff’s office has opened its own internal affairs investigation, Villar said.

McAuliffe is in charge of gaining accreditation for the Pinal County Jail.

Mann declined to provide details on the investigation except to say it is a “nuance case” that is not typical of cases the board considers.

Typical cases involve obvious and gross misconduct, according to Mann.

Villar, who spent six years on the POST board, said police officers have to fill out a POST Personal History Report whenever they change employment.

POST also conducts several random audits of personnel files each year of each police agency, Villar said.

Mann said the paperwork McAuliffe filled out when he moved to the sheriff’s office was different than paperwork he filled out before.

“He’s been an exceptional employee since he’s been with the sheriff’s office,” Villar said.

Mann said a POST staff member will present the case Wednesday to the board, which will decide whether to drop the case or initiate further proceedings.

Sanctions can include certification suspension or revocation.

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