Sheriff Mark Dannels

  Sheriff Mark J. Dannels (Republican Party) is the current Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona
Congressman Andy Biggs, Sheriff Dannels and Republican Congressman Brian Babbins (Texas)
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Cochise County Sheriff Sued For Ignoring Public Records Request
"Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels has been sued for allegedly ignoring a public records request made nearly seven months ago by an investigative reporter ago seeking a list of all deputies and other sworn personnel."
Mar. 15, 2023
Sheriff Mark Dannels Uses Frequent Right-Wing Media Appearances To Demonize Immigrants And Push Falsehoods About The Border
Jan. 31, 2023

"According to the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, Dannels is an adherent of the far-right “constitutional sheriffs” movement, which claims sheriffs are the highest legitimate legal authority in the country. (Legal scholars say the movement’s reading of the law is baseless.) He also spoke at a 2019 event for the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), an organization founded by former Sheriff Richard Mack with origins in the far-right “posse comitatus” movement of the 1970s.


Dannels is also linked to anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He spoke at one of the organization’s events in June 2021, and attended a FAIR event in Washington, D.C., in 2022, praising the group for “doing what you have to do for the country.”

In July 2019, Dannels was pictured smiling alongside then-Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who The Washington Post had already characterized as “the U.S. congressman most openly affiliated with white nationalism.”"

Dannels, Others Fired From Homeland Security Advisory Council
Sheriff Mark Dannels, along with several other individuals, has been dismissed from the Homeland Security Advisory Council, a bipartisan panel put in place by the Obama and Trump administrations. The “pink slip” to Dannels and about 29 other members of the advisory group was a letter dated March 26 from Alejandro Mayorkas, the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas was recently appointed by the Biden administration to head the federal agency.
May 5, 2022

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