Sheriff Joe Arpaio booted from office by Arizona voters
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona speaking at the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix, Arizona (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio was booted from office Tuesday,  the Maricopa County Recorder is reporting, and confirmed by KTAR.


Arpaio, who has been sheriff since 1993, lost to former Phoenix officer Paul Penzone, who received endorsements from some of Arizona's biggest newspapers.

The Maricopa County sheriff  is currently facing criminal contempt of court charges.

The trial for the now ex-sheriff is set for Dec. 6 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

If convicted, the 84-year-old could face up to six months in jail.