Controversial Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, loses election after 24 years in office

After serving as Maricopa County Sheriff for more than two decades, controversial 84-year-old Joe Arpaio, has been defeated at the Arizona polls.

Democrat challenger Paul Penzone ended Arpaio’s term Tuesday night.

Arpaio has been the focus of controversy during his six terms as Maricopa County Sheriff including a racial profiling case that has led to criminal charges. He is known as the lawman who cracked down on illegal immigrants and made inmates wear pink underwear while serving time.

Federal prosecutors brought a contempt-of-court charge against him stemming from his defiance of a judge’s order to stop carrying out patrols targeting Latinos, according to Fox News.

Lawsuits against Arpaio, so far, total more than $142 million.

Penzone is a retired Phoenix police sergeant who ran against Arpaio in 2012, but lost the bid for the seat. He sued Arpaio for defamation related to campaign ads after that election.