Sheriff Dever and the Cochise County Election, Some Observations

Rod Rothroch for Sheriff
Rod Rothroch for Sheriff

Two andTwo Doesn’t Equal Nine

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Several weeks ago, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever died in a one car accident on a lonely road.  A replacement of extremely questionable quality has been nominated to replace Dever, a man targeted by the drug cartels.

Sheriff Dever’s death, rule an accident, a long respected and even beloved law enforcement officer theortically was 350% over the alcohol limit while driving to meet his son for an early evening of hunting.

The circumstances of his death are consistent with the assassination technique known as “Boston Brakes.”

We carefully monitor this area because a top US Army command at Fort Huachuca is there, one, by necessity, we deal with and a region where many veterans have chosen to make their homes.

Without obsessing on potential conspiracy, we have been asked to offer the CV of an alternative “write in” candidate whose character and qualifications are more consistent with what is required than the “hand fed” individual we are, frankly, deeply suspicious of.

There have been more suspicious deaths in the region, 3 ICE/Customs officers, a family off I 10 and clear issues of a problematic area between the Department of Homeland Security and reality as we know it.


ROD ROTHROCK BIOGRAPHY    for Cochise County Sheriff

Write-in & fill the oval


I have 40 years experience in law enforcement, and have been a resident of CochiseCountysince 1977 when I was stationed at Ft.Huachucaas a military policeman. I left the Army in 1979 and became a police officer for the City of Douglas. While there I joined Douglas Police Department’s newly formed SWAT team and also achieved the rank of Sergeant. I joined the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office in 1981. I was one of the deputies involved in the conflicts that were occurring in MiracleValleyand was present for what has been labeled as “The Shootout at MiracleValley” that occurred on October 23, 1982 and is documented in a book by the same name. I was promoted to Sergeant in 1984 and assigned as Detective Sergeant in 1986. During my 8 year tenure as Detective Sergeant I investigated a number of serious criminal offenses, to include an estimated 50 homicides. The homicide most remembered by the public was the 1991 kidnapping, assault and murder of two sweet 13 year old girls in Elfrida. Of the two defendants in that case, one received a 20 year sentence in a plea bargain and the second received the death penalty. That defendant, Richard Stokley, currently resides on Arizona’s death row. During my early years with the Sheriff’s Office I became a member of the SWAT and Search and Rescue Teams, working with then-Sergeant Larry Dever, and ultimately became SWAT Team Commander for a period of time.

In 1994 I was appointed to Commander by then-Sheriff John Pintek, and oversaw investigation and patrol functions for the department. When Larry  Dever became Sheriff in 1997 he retained me as Commander (an appointed position) and I continued to command various functions of the Sheriff’s Office. In 2006 I was appointed Bureau Chief overseeing all law enforcement operations. At that time Sheriff Dever opted two have two Bureau Chiefs instead of a single Chief Deputy. The other Bureau Chief would oversee all jail operations. In 2008 Sheriff Dever abandoned the Bureau Chief concept and appointed me as his Chief Deputy (Undersheriff) and second in command of the Sheriff’s Office. In this position I am responsible for the entire department.

During the June 2011 Monument Fire I was the Law Enforcement Incident Commander, coordinating our efforts with the fire Incident Management Team, and oversaw pre-evacuation notices, evacuations, and security of evacuated areas. During that horrific fire hundreds of homes and thousands of people were evacuated. Although over 60 homes and businesses were lost to the fire, there were no deaths or serious injuries to the civilian population as a direct result of the fire. After approximately 12 days residents were able to return home and no reports of looting or burglaries were received.

I served at Sheriff Dever’s side as a member of the command staff for the 16 years he was Sheriff, and was his Chief Deputy and second in command since 2008. I must point out that the Chief Deputy serves solely at the will of the Sheriff. Sheriff Dever could have chosen anyone to be his Chief Deputy; he chose me.

I am not Larry Dever; however, I believe I am the only candidate for Sheriff that has the knowledge and experience to be able to carry on with Larry’s good work.

Your support is critical. A write-in campaign is a difficult battle to win. My opponent has two significant advantages in this battle. First, his name will be on the ballot and mine will not. Secondly, I have a Sheriff’s Office to run, a duty I take very seriously, and he does not. Please phone, email, write, and speak with those in your circle of friends and family and encourage them to write in Rod Rothrock for Sheriff and remember to fill in the oval so the vote will be counted by the computer. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with my campaign should contact us through

Contributions to my campaign can be sent to:

Rod Rothrock for Sheriff
P.O. Box 5231
Huachuca City, AZ 85616

Thanks you again for your interest and support. I look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of Cochise County.                                           Paid for by Committee to Elect Rod Rothrock for Sheriff.



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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.