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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Social Distancing Efforts Appear to Be Working; Slower Rise in Hospitalizations

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Maricopa County data shows a slower rise in hospitalizations 

 

PHOENIX (April 8, 2019)—Maricopa County Department of Public Health data is showing that the number of...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Maricopa County Library District Providing Free Temporary Digital Library Cards

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Phoenix – The Maricopa County Library District (MCLD) facilities remain closed until further notice, but County libraries are still providing critical services to the public, including digital learning opportunities. The health and safety of all...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Department of Public Health Releases Long Term Care Case Counts; Prioritizes PPE

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PHOENIX (April, 6, 2020) - Currently, Maricopa County and the State of Arizona is experiencing a supply problem acquiring Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. PPE is defined as surgical and N95 masks, surgical gowns and gloves, face shields and any other...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Unified Command Structure Formed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Phoenix – Maricopa County’s Department of Public Health and Emergency Management Department have created a unified command structure to streamline county response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Teams from both departments have bee...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Weekly Update (April 3): COVID-19 Resources and Information for Maricopa County Residents

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Maricopa County remains under the official declaration of a local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the State of Arizona is under a “Stay Home” order until April 30, 2020.  The Maricopa County Joint Information Cen...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Maricopa Countys Regional Parks Update Park Operations

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The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department realizes that the community is seeking outdoor recreation opportunities where they can walk, hike, run, and bike while practicing safe social-distancing. To ensure park visitor and staff safety, the foll...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Maricopa County Opens PPE Donation Management Program

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PHOENIX (April 2, 2020) – Due to the severe supply chain disruption of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), those who serve the most vulnerable populations are at risk of running out of supplies. In response to this need, Maricopa County Departm...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Maricopa County Elections Department Closes Front Counters

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Candidate Filing and Election Services by Appointment Only

March 31, 2020 (Phoenix) – To align with the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Maricopa County Ele...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Weekly Update: COVID-19 Resources and Information for Maricopa County Residents

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Maricopa County remains under the official declaration of a local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maricopa County Joint Information Center (JIC) has compiled a number of resources for County residents to manage the physical, economic, social a...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Maricopa County Opens Joint Information Center to Respond to COVID-19 Inquiries

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Phoenix - With the official declaration of a local emergency in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, Maricopa County set into a motion a series of operational changes including the opening of a Joint Information Center (JIC).  The JIC is being ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Maricopa County Adapts Operations to COVID-19 Pandemic

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PHOENIX— Maricopa County is making changes to business operations daily as the situation related to COVID-19 evolves. Essential government functions will continue as we move a large percentage of our employees to working from home. Please take n...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

How to Get a Maricopa County Permit: Changes as of 3/24/2020

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Maricopa County permitting departments are adjusting operations due to COVID-19.  The following summarizes the submittal process for each department as of March 24, 2020.

Air Quality:

  • Permits for dust, subcontractor registration, and annual fees ca...
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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Professional Guidance and Difficult Decisions

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Members of the Board of Supervisors and County leadership receive vital information about the COVID-19 pandemic daily from dedicated professionals at our Department of Public Health.  One of the most steady and respected voices is that of Dr. Reb...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Maricopa County Chairman Signs Emergency Declaration

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March 18, 2020—PHOENIX— The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman signed a Proclamation of a Local Emergency in Maricopa County. This action will provide additional resources to assist the county with coordinating...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Changes for County Departments Issuing Permits

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Three Maricopa County departments that issue permits are altering operations starting on Wednesday, March 18 to continue serving customers while respecting the recommended guidelines for dealing with COVID-19 from the CDC, ADHS and Maricopa County Departm...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Statement from Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Today's Election

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Members of the Maricopa County Boarrd of Supervisors issued the following statement on the March 17, 2020 Presidential Preference Election:

"Running an election—any election—is difficult. It requires good planning, rapid response t...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Maricopa County Emergency Operations Center Activated to Assist with COVID-19 Response

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March 16, 2020 (Phoenix) – At 10:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020, Maricopa County activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in handling the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

There are three...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Board Adjusts Emergency Leave and Teleworking Policies for County Staff during COVID-19 Pandemic

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March 16, 2020 (Phoenix) – To address the impact of COVID-19 during this worldwide pandemic, and with the advice of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the Board of Supervisors approved emergency exceptions to the county’s...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Changes to Voting Locations for Presidential Preference Election

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March 13, 2020 (Phoenix) – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors acted decisively today to protect both public health and voting rights in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding more “vote anywhere” locations, while en...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 Identified in Pinal County

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NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate ReleaseLive stream available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuOFMXm8A1k or https://www.facebook.com/maricopacountyaz/

Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 Identified in Pinal CountyThe case may signal community spre...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 5, 2020

New Career Center Opens in Glendale

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Maricopa County’s West Valley Career Center officially opened a new, more convenient location in Glendale to serve both job seekers and employers.  With more than 200 people moving to Maricopa County each day, the demand for high-qualit...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Maricopa County Holds Ribbon Cutting Event at Intake, Transfer, and Release Facility

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February 19, 2020—PHOENIX— Maricopa County is entering a new era of public safety, one with the promise of more efficiency for taxpayers and better outcomes for those who enter and exit the jail system. Today, county and municipal lead...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Eddie Cook Appointed Maricopa County Assessor

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In a unanimous vote, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Gilbert Town Councilman Eddie Cook as the next Maricopa County Assessor.

“Eddie Cook is a dedicated public servant who has proven he puts constituents, and not himself, first...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 13, 2020

County Supervisors Recognize League of Women Voters

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation this week recognizing February 14th, 2020 as "League of Women Voters Day" in Maricopa County. The recognition comes as the League celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Founded in 1920 w...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Board of Supervisors Votes to Intervene in Elections Case

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Maricopa County leaders want a seat at the table if they’re asked to implement a recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling regarding out-of-precinct voting. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to request the County be allowed to ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Approve 229 Voting Locations

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To reduce wait times and improve the voter experience, the Maricopa County Elections Department is more than tripling the number of voting locations for the March 17, 2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Election.

On Election Day, voters will have 229 v...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 11, 2020

225 Madison Project Nears Completion

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County staff have started to move into the 225 W. Madison Street building as the innovative, adaptive reuse project nears completion.  The former Madison Street jail has been transformed over the past two years into a modern office space for the ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Supervisor Gallardo Honored as Big Brother of the Year

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Phoenix – Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo is hoping his recent award from an Arizona non-profit will encourage more community members to mentor youth.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona recognized Gallardo as &ld...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Maricopa County Continues to Hold the Highest Bond Rating

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PHOENIX— January 27, 2020— Maricopa County continues to hold a AAA bond rating by the three major credit rating agencies for its continual economic growth and strong financial operation. The credit rating agency, Moody’s Inve...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Maricopa County Building Goes Blue for Human Trafficking Awareness

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Phoenix - The Maricopa County Administration Building will turn blue every night for the month of January in recognition of Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Governor Doug Ducey signed a proclamation on January 2nd and announced an awareness campaign th...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Board Of Supervisors Accepts Paul Petersen's Resignation

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors formally accepted the resignation of County Assessor Paul Petersen on Wednesday.

Petersen’s resignation from office comes almost three months to the day after his arrest on numerous criminal charges in connection wi...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Clint Hickman Elected Chairman of Board of Supervisors

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January 8, 2020 – PHOENIX – Clint Hickman, the newly-elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, says county government’s job in the coming year will be to make Maricopa County a place “where prosp...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 31, 2019

Boards Sustains Suspension of Assessor Paul Petersen

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to sustain the 120-day suspension of Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen and recommended the County Attorney pursue removal of the Assessor for willful misconduct in office.

This vote comes after the Board ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 12, 2019

Grant Helps Maricopa County Reduce Lead Poisoning Risk

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Maricopa County is working to decrease the number of children who get sick in their homes due to poisoning from lead-based paints.  The Board of Supervisors just approved $1.8 million in federal grant money to be administered by the Human Service...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 11, 2019

Smart Region Effort Aims to Improve Quality of Life

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The country’s largest and most connected smart region won’t be in New York or Chicago.  It’s being built in Maricopa County, Arizona right now to improve quality of life and increase economic competitiveness.

Today th...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Partnership Addresses Doctor/Nurse Shortage

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Maricopa County and Creighton University are working together to address a major challenge to the region’s prosperity and well-being: the growing shortage of doctors and nurses.

The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), backed b...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 27, 2019

Board of Supervisors Approves Daisy Mountain/New River Area Plan

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Rural living has a place in the Maricopa County of the future.  That’s the takeaway from the Daisy Mountain/New River Area Plan approved this week by the Board of Supervisors.

In addition to more than 20 cities and towns, Maricopa County is also h...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 6, 2019

Board of Supervisors Appoints North Mesa Justice of the Peace

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Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed a new Justice of the Peace for the North Mesa Judicial Precinct. Kyle Jones comes to the job with plenty of experience serving Maricopa County Justice Courts.  He has served the North Mesa ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 5, 2019

New Affordable Housing in Tempe

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The newest affordable housing complex in Maricopa County is already transforming lives.

River at Eastline Village is a 56-unit affordable housing community at River Road and Apache Boulevard in Tempe located near light rail and bus routes.

Esperito Gonzalez...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 30, 2019

Board Appoints Acting Administrator of Assessor’s Office

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed an acting administrator to oversee the Assessor’s Office.  Bill Wiley is an experienced leader with deep knowledge of Maricopa County.  He most recently served as Chief Eng...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 28, 2019

Board of Supervisors Suspends Assessor Paul Petersen

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The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place Assessor Paul Petersen on unpaid suspension for a period of 120 days pursuant to ARS 11-664.  According to the motion approved by the Board, "Mr. Petersen's failure to meaningfully oversee ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 25, 2019

Board Approves Elections Operations Agreement

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On October 23, 2019, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new elections operations agreement, which outlines specific ways the Board of Supervisors and Recorder’s Office will share responsibilities for planning and exe...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 18, 2019

County Diversion Program Helps Seriously Mentally Ill Lower Risk to Return to Jail

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An innovative program to get low risk offenders with serious mental health needs out of the county jail system and connected with services is showing strong signs of success.

Maricopa County justice system stakeholders including Correctional Health Service...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 10, 2019

Board Issues Statement Regarding Assessor Petersen

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On October 10, 2019, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued the following statement regarding Assessor Paul Petersen:

"Due to the serious nature of these allegations and out of respect for the Maricopa County Assessor's Office, each member of...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Healthy Giving Campaign Kick-Off

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This week, community leaders came together to announce a new partnership and next steps for an important initiative helping fight homelessness in Maricopa County.

Thanks to a new partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, led by Phoenix Councilwoman ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 3, 2019

Allister Adel Appointed Maricopa County Attorney

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For the first time in Maricopa County history, a woman will serve as the county’s chief prosecutor.  Allister Adel was sworn into office this morning after a unanimous vote of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, appointing her as ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 1, 2019

New County Attorney Could Be Appointed This Week

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – October 1, 2019 – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will look to appoint a new County Attorney this week, less than a month after officially accepting Bill Montgomery’s resignation.

Here is the timeline of events:

Tuesday, O...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 27, 2019

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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Watch Chairman Gates and Supervisor Hickman’s message about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and, on average, one Arizonan will commit suicide every seven hours, accordin...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Maricopa County Unveils Redesigned Website, Focused on Resident Experience

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There’s a new and improved way to “get it done” with Maricopa County. The County’s redesigned website, Maricopa.gov, delivers an improved mobile experience, streamlined content and navigation, and a more effective search bar, powered by Google. The site s...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 18, 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Just last year, there were at least 85 deaths as a result of domestic violence in Arizona. Approximately 60% of those happened in Maricopa County, according to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.

Maricopa County’s Board of ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 11, 2019

County Attorney Vacancy: Board Appoints Seven to Citizen Advisory Committee

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved members of a seven-person citizen committee that will screen applicants for the vacant county attorney position and make recommendations.  Committee members include community leaders, attorneys, a...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 9, 2019

Board of Supervisors Outlines Process for Filling County Attorney Vacancy

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications for County Attorney. Today the Board officially accepted the resignation of Bill Montgomery and set forth a process for filling the vacancy.

State law assigns the Board of Supervisors r...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 4, 2019

New Justice of the Peace Appointed

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PHOENIX – Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed a new Justice of the Peace for the McDowell Mountain Precinct.  Michele Reagan was chosen to fill a position that involves resolving criminal complaints and a variety of...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Award-Winning County Program Addresses Link Between HIV Suppression, Stable Housing

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There are more than 18,000 people in Arizona who have been diagnosed with HIV according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.  Montez Shelby is hoping to be one of the success stories, thanks to an award-winning Maricopa County program.

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 31, 2019

Maricopa County Invests in Homelessness Solutions

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Connecting people to housing and jobs; watching out for families, youth, and the most vulnerable on our streets; helping people find stability and success upon release from jail. These are all part of a regional approach that is getting strong support and...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Maricopa County Named Among Nation's Top Digital Counties

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Maricopa County is being recognized as one of the best in the country at leveraging technology and data to serve residents.  The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) named Maricopa County among the w...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 18, 2019

Board of Supervisors Looks to Appoint New Justice of the Peace

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants for Justice of the Peace in the McDowell Mountain Precinct. Judge Michael Reagan, who has served in that position for more than 15 years, is retiring effective July 26, 2019.

The district encom...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 27, 2019

Mandela Washington Fellows Visit Maricopa County

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Mandela Washington Fellows visited Maricopa County to learn about public management practices.

The 25 fellows are from 19 different African counties.

“These are the up and coming super stars from across Africa who have distinguished themselves in government...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 26, 2019

Board of Supervisors Takes More Active Role in Maricopa County Elections

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Today, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors took action to enhance the way county elections are run in the nation’s fastest-growing county.  The vote to approve the final, amended recommendations of a countywide election work group—following ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 24, 2019

Board of Supervisors Approves Final FY 2020 Budget

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With a new decade on the horizon, the nation’s fastest-growing county is making smart investments to further position itself as an attractive, long-term home for families and businesses. Today, the Board of Supervisors approved a final budget of...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 25, 2019

Measurable Impact: Mosaic Program Helping Reduce Recidivism

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The Mosaic substance abuse program is having a measurable impact on Maricopa County’s moderate to high risk jail population.

New statistics show, in 2017, Mosaic participants had a recidivism rate approximately 20% below two control groups of county inmate...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 7, 2019

Providing a Home to Homeless Youth

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Maricopa County partnered with Catholic Charities and Homeless Youth Connection to help buy and renovate a home that will serve as a safe place for homeless youth to stay while they’re connected to a host home. 

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 6, 2019

Maricopa County receives 31 National Achievement Awards

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Maricopa County received 31 National Achievement Awards this year from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs that increase residents’ well-being and improve the use of technology to transform how we do business.

The award-winnin...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Maricopa County Gets Rid of Overdue Fines at its Public Libraries

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – May 22, 2019 – Maricopa County is welcoming thousands of customers back to its public libraries. The Board of Supervisors has voted to eliminate overdue fines – and to waive existing overdue fines &a...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 21, 2019

Elections Work Group Presents Findings to Board of Supervisors

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The Elections Work Group tasked with examining the structure, staffing, and technology of the Elections Department shared its findings with the Board of Supervisors today. To see the presentation and Work Group report, please visit our 2019 Elections Proj...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 20, 2019

Board of Supervisors Approves Tentative FY 2020 Budget

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With a new decade on the horizon, the nation’s fastest-growing county is making smart investments to further position itself as an attractive, long-term home for families and businesses.  Today, the Board of Supervisors approve...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 8, 2019

Six Students Recognized for Stormwater Artwork

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Maricopa County Board of Supervisors honored the winners of the 2019 Stormwater Pollution Awareness Poster Contest this week.

Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution in the United States. In an effort to bring awareness to this pr...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 8, 2019

Employee Eliminates Barriers to Connect with People, Receives Tom Manos Outstanding Service Award

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Maricopa County employee Michele Castañeda-Martinez has received the 2019 Tom Manos Outstanding Service Award.

Each year, the award is given to an employee who lives up to the example set by the former county manager, Tom Manos. This pe...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 10, 2019

Boards Appoints Kyrene Constable

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PHOENIX – Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed a new constable for the Kyrene Justice Precinct. Ben Halloran was selected from a large pool of applicants for the position that was vacated by Kent Rini in February.

“T...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 13, 2019

Donation Will Launch Pet Help Program

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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is launching a new program thanks to a private donation.

The Board of Supervisors have accepted a $45,000 donation from Cathy Rinaldi, a longtime Animal Care and Control volunteer. This donation will help launch Mari...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Elves Donate to Shelter Pets

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This week, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors accepted a donation of collars, toy, and treats from the East Side Elves valued at $7,371. 

The East Side Elves collected the items and made sure Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter p...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 17, 2018

Celebrating Maricopa Trail and Take A Hike Day

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Maricopa County celebrated a Maricopa Trail milestone and Take A Hike Day with free entry to regional parks November 17.

“Phase 1 of the Maricopa Trail is now complete.  This is a huge achievement for our Parks Department and a cause wor...

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Office of Communications