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Posted on: August 15, 2018

Community Kitchen Investment Will Help Underserved Populations

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Maricopa County and St. Mary's Food Bank are teaming up to help the homeless, formerly incarcerated, and other low-income individuals gain job skills. On Wednesday, the Maricopa County Industrial Authority (IDA) presented a check to St. Mary’s f...

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Posted on: August 15, 2018

We are approaching 40 straight days of air pollution alerts!

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Since July, we’ve had 38 straight days of air pollution alerts.

  • The alerts are caused by:
    • A stricter federal ozone health standard
      • It dropped from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion in 2015
    • The sweltering hot & sunny days reacting with pollutant...
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Posted on: August 14, 2018

#Transportation Tuesday features Active Transportation Plan

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Walk. Bike. Move. The MCDOT Active Transportation Plan (ATP) helps guide the future of transportation needs focusing on walking and bicycling and providing connections between different modes of travel. In this month’s #TransportationTuesday, see how the ...

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MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: August 7, 2018

Spotlight Award Presented to Town of Carefree

Carefree Drone Show Spotlight Award

PHOENIX (August 7, 2018) – Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is proud to present their Spotlight Award to the Town of Carefree and CIVANA Carefree Resort for their innovative and environmentally friendly alternative to a Fourth of J...

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Posted on: August 3, 2018

Guadalupe Library Program Helps Valley Youth

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A free lunch and a cool place to read during the summer.  That’s what kids have been getting all summer at Maricopa County Library District’s Guadalupe Library.  The library partnered with St. Mary’s Food Ba...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

County Parks Bring Back Free Camping Promotion

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Beginning October 1, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will bring back the popular Buy One, Get One camping promotion!  The promotion allows park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night, or more, at a desert mount...

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Posted on: July 31, 2018

Maricopa County Offers New "Valley View"

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Maricopa County has launched "Valley View," a collection of high-definition cameras that provide real-time images of the county from the north, south, east, and west.  Positioned on the 10th floor of the County Administration Building i...

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Posted on: July 31, 2018

Medical Examiner Provides Easier Access to Death Investigation Information

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There's a new online tool that will allow the public to more easily find and access information from the Office of the Medical Examiner.  The “OME Case Status” search allows you to look up cases by case number or with a combination of name, date ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 26, 2018

County Employees Donate 35,000+ Bottles of Water to Homeless Campus

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Maricopa County employees love giving back to the community, and this summer, they are helping to quench the thirst of some of the county's must vulnerable residents.

Employees donated 35,802 bottles of water during the "Maricopa County h20 18 Challen...

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Maricopa County Inmates "Choose to Change"

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Branden Tucker is finishing up his second stint behind bars and says if the Choose to Change Reentry Program had been available during his first stay, there never would have been a second.

“It’s mind blowing.  You think at 42 y...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Adaptive signals activated along Bell Rd in Surprise area

Bell Road Adaptive Signals

Pilot project aims to improve traffic flow, reduce travel time for Bell Road drivers

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with the City of Surprise, and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), has activated new ...

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MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: June 28, 2018

Drivers encouraged to slow down, use caution on Bush Highway

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MCDOT has learned of a second incident involving a horse at the same location as yesterday’s crash on Bush Highway.  MCDOT will be placing speed feedback signs to make drivers aware of their speed.

As we head into the Fourth of July holi...

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MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: June 28, 2018

Maricopa County Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 Approved

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a countywide strategic plan for fiscal years 2019-2022, which outlines measurable goals to help the county achieve its mission of regional leadership, fiscal responsibility, and necessary public services t...

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Maricopa County FY 2019 Budget Approved

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Board of Supervisors Approves Final FY 2019 Budget

Spending Decreases 1.7%; Tax Rate Remains Flat

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a final budget for fiscal year 2019 that decreases spending year-over-year without raising the ta...

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Posted on: June 14, 2018

LovePup Foundation Makes Donation to Fund Microchips in Dogs

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Hundreds of stray animals come into Maricopa County Animal Care and Control every week and many of them are pets. Getting these lost family members back to their owners is a part of the mission at the department. To help in that effort the Board of Superv...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Maricopa County Air Quality Mobile App Reaches Milestone

Mobile App Press Release

PHOENIX (June 13, 2018) – Since its launch in September 2012, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s Clean Air Make More mobile application has been downloaded more than 40,000 times. (40,335 as of June 13, 2018).

The free applica...

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Posted on: June 11, 2018

Driving in the Monsoon

Driving in the Monsoon

Driving in the Monsoon

Tips for Maricopa County Drivers

June 15th through September 30th is when weather patterns bring monsoon storms into the Valley of the Sun.  Though they are magnificent to behold, these storms can be very dangerous.

Monsoon st...

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MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: June 7, 2018

Maricopa County parks include smoking restrictions as part of fire ban

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(Maricopa County) – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department initiated its annual fire ban on May 1.  Now, the department is taking additional steps to protect the parks due to the extremely dry conditions.  Effectiv...

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Additional Info... Parks & Recreation News
Posted on: June 4, 2018

Maricopa County Air Quality Department Launches Lawn Mower Replacement Program

Mowing Down Pollution

PHOENIX (June 4, 2018) – Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) in partnership with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, is offering a program that encourages consumers to retire polluting gas powered lawn mowers in favor of ...

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Additional Info... Air Quality
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Board of Supervisors Approves Tentative FY 2019 Budget

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a tentative budget for fiscal year 2019 that decreases spending year-over-year without raising the tax rate.

“Maricopa County residents want to live in safe communities with a responsi...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Partnership addresses litter at Lake Pleasant

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A new partnership between three Maricopa County departments aims to reduce the amount of trash and litter left behind at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park during busy holidays. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, Maricopa County Department ...

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MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: May 16, 2018

Preventing wildfires while on the road

How drivers can prevent wildfires

A relatively dry winter could increase the risk of wildfires during the summer months.  Arizona is one of the top five driest states, according to the National Climatic Data Center and it just takes one spark to start a wildfire. MCDOT encourages...

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MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: May 16, 2018

Maricopa County Wins 48 National Awards

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Maricopa County is being recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for visionary county leadership that improves our residents’ quality of life. From helping the next generation breathe easier to using technolog...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Stadium District Board of Directors Approves Chase Field MOU

Chase Field

Today the Maricopa County Stadium District (MCSD) Board of Directors voted to approve a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will end the lawsuit over Chase Field, protect county taxpayers, and turn over responsibility for all repairs and mainte...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 4, 2018

State Budget Deal Includes Relief for Counties

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State Budget Deal Includes Relief for Counties

Maricopa County Supervisors expressed gratitude to the Governor and Arizona lawmakers for a budget that frees counties of many of the financial burdens passed onto them since the Great Recession. Since 2008, m...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 1, 2018

Maricopa County, ASU Discuss Ways to Combat Heat, Brown Cloud

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More ozone alerts during the day.  Hotter temperatures at night.  These trends are a big reason why Maricopa County and Arizona State University are exploring new ways to work together to ensure life in the desert is sustainable.

Today, a...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 27, 2018

‘MapMyMaryvale’ Summer Program Offers Teens Opportunity to Build Job Skills, Connect with Community

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More than two dozen teens will hit the streets of Maryvale this summer as part of a six-week community mapping program aimed at helping teens gain valuable job and self-empowerment skills while collecting data about health and social services, resources, ...

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Posted on: April 25, 2018

Maricopa County Parks set May 1 as start date for annual fire ban

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The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will initiate its annual fire ban on Tuesday, May 1. “We typically try to wait until after Memorial Day weekend to implement our fire ban so park visitors can enjoy spending time around the campfire with...

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Posted on: April 24, 2018

Available funding through FY18 DERA State Clean Diesel Grant Program

PHOENIX (April 24, 2018) – Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is administering the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) State Clean Diesel Program grant, which is designed to improve ...

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Air Quality
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Redevelopment of Public Housing Breathes New Life into Community

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A re-dedication ceremony for the new Coffelt-Lamoreaux development near 19th Avenue and Buckeye launches a new era for many of its residents.

90-year-old Lucio “Chief” Villalpando says he can’t wait to get into his newly remod...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Hundreds Ditch Cars, Celebrate Bike to Work Day in Downtown Phoenix

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More than 400 bicyclists from Maricopa County, City of Phoenix, State of Arizona, and other downtown organizations participated in this year’s Bike to Work Day. Most of the riders opted for a three-mile, police-escorted group ride from midtown P...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 17, 2018

MOSAIC substance abuse program finds success at old Tent City jail site

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It has been one year since the Tent City jail officially closed and six months since the Sheriff announced the space would be used to help inmates struggling with substance misuse.  The air-conditioned, former Tent City day room is now classroom ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 12, 2018

State, County Unite to Provide Permanent Housing Solutions for Homeless

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In an effort to provide a sustainable, impactful solution to the issue of homelessness in Phoenix, State and County officials will redirect funding that has previously gone toward the temporary overflow shelter to permanent housing solutions. For more tha...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 10, 2018

Maricopa County IDA grants $500,000 to MANA House

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Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority granted $500,000 to MANA House, a transitional housing facility that connects homeless veterans with resources and training. The facility is run by Catholic Charities Community Services.

Although the origina...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 22, 2018

Maricopa County Sees Most Population Growth of Any County

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Maricopa County is growing in ways no other county in the country can match, according to newly-released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  In 2016-2017, Maricopa County added 73,650 people—or a little more than 200 per day.  T...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 14, 2018

National Group Finds No Deficiencies in County Jails

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PHOENIX – Daniel started taking opioids as a “recreational thing” when he was 18, then turned to heroin because it was cheaper and more powerful. One day he did a shot of heroin at his mom’s house and fell asleep wi...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 7, 2018

Innovative Jobs Website Goes Live

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Millions of people in Maricopa County have a new pipeline to success.  PipelineAZ.com went live this week.  It aims to be the nation’s premier software platform connecting job seekers and employers in a way that will address cr...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 7, 2018

Detention Officer Adopts Retiring K9

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A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office K9 that made a career of sniffing out drugs is taking a breather.

Axa, a seven-year-old Dutch Shepard, is retiring after five and a half years with MCSO.  Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 28, 2018

CHS Awarded Nearly $400,000 for Demonstrating Patient Care to the Underserved

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Maricopa County’s Correctional Health Services (CHS) is being awarded nearly $400,000 as part of a groundbreaking and proactive effort to provide care to underserved populations, using its electronic health records system.CHS is the first jail system in t...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 28, 2018

Property Values Increasing, 2019 Notices Go Out

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Property in the nation’s fastest-growing county is worth more than it was last year.

In late February, the Maricopa County Assessor's Office sent approximately 1.6 million valuation notices for tax year 2019 to all property owners in the county.

T...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 27, 2018

Maricopa County Partners with ASU on Workforce Development Program

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Maricopa County is teaming up with the ASU Foundation on a project to develop and train the next generation of entrepreneurs and workers in Arizona’s burgeoning medical-electronic technology (MedTech) industry.  The Industrial Developme...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 21, 2018

Helping Paw: Donation Allows Animal Care & Control to Fight "Strep Zoo"

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Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors took a moment to recognize a community partner that made a big difference during a time of crisis. The Board officially accepted a $25,000 donation from the non-profit Two Pups Wellness Fund. The money was do...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 20, 2018

Maricopa County Maintains Highest Possible Bond Rating

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PHOENIX—February 20, 2018—The three major credit rating agencies agree: Maricopa County is a safe bet and deserves to keep its AAA bond rating, thanks to strong financial practices and management. A strong credit rating means county bonds can be issued wi...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 15, 2018

Grant Will Fund Job Assistance Program for "Opportunity Youth"

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At-risk youth in Maricopa County received a big boost today thanks to a collaboration between the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and Chicanos Por La Causa Workforce Solutions (CPLC).  The IDA awarded CPLC an $827,631 grant...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 8, 2018

Walls Go Up at Durango Jail Replacement

New Intake, Transfer, and Release Facility Renderings

The walls are going up at the new Maricopa County facility that will bring increased efficiency to the way people are booked into jail, assessed, and treated. On February 8, county and municipal leaders joined the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 7, 2018

A Hero's Retirement: Board Ensures Deputy, K9 Will Stay Together

K9 Hero Retires

A valued member of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was granted an early retirement today by the Board of Supervisors.  Just not a human member.

“Retiring at 35?” quipped Supervisor Clint Hickman.

K9 Hero, a 5-year-old (35 in dog years) Belgian...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 2, 2018

Maricopa County Supervisor To Transition From Office In 2019

Barney, District 1

Supervisor Denny Barney, District 1, will be serving the East Valley in a new way. The sixth-generation Arizonan will be slowly transitioning out of his position on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to assume a new role as President and CEO of East...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 20, 2018

Bike Race Showcases Maricopa Trail

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More than 200 mountain bikers raced the scenic Maricopa Trail today during the third annual Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race.

The race benefits the Maricopa Trail which connects all 11 county parks and currently stretches nearly 300 miles...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 9, 2018

Steve Chucri Elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Chucri, District 2

January 10, 2018 – PHOENIX – Speaking as the newly-elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Steve Chucri, District 2, pledged “a new commitment to the hard work involved in building a smart, sustainable f...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 19, 2017

Maricopa County Plans to Consolidate Animal Shelters

June Adoption Special

PHOENIX— Maricopa County is planning to consolidate all animal shelter services into a renovated and expanded central location, minutes away from a major interstate (I-17) on the county’s Durango campus. This is the next step in Animal...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 14, 2017

The latest adaptive reuse project in downtown Phoenix is a long-vacant county jail

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Demolition is underway to repurpose the former Madison Street Jail and during a ceremony, county leaders used a robot to demolish parts of the former jail.Once remodeled, 225 Madison will provide the County Attorney’s Office with 263,595 square feet of fi...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 13, 2017

Maricopa County Becomes "Second Chance Employer"

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PHOENIX—Maricopa County will become a “second chance employer” by removing from most job applications the question related to prior criminal convictions. The Board of Supervisors approved the policy unanimously, as a way to lower recidivism rates and prov...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 13, 2017

Maricopa County employee honored for heroic actions

Employee honored  for heroic actions

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors honored a county employee for his heroic actions during the Las Vegas shooting in October.Maricopa County Public Defender Attorney Jamie Jackson was at a music festival in Las Vegas with his wife, when a gunman ope...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 4, 2017

Board Approves Construction Contract for Chase Field Work

Chase Field

Today the Maricopa County Stadium District (MCSD) Board of Directors approved a contract that paves the way for $3.75 million of additional improvements to Chase Field. The work will take place during the 2017-2018 off-season.

“Right now, I think...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 20, 2017

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control: Working Together, Saving Lives

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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control knows the lives of our four-legged friends are precious, so they’re working harder than ever to give them a second chance.

For the past eight months, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has consistently...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 6, 2017

Board of Supervisors appoints new constable for Arrowhead Justice Precinct

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed a new constable today for the Arrowhead Justice Precinct.

Michael Branham will fill the position Constable Ron Myer had for more than a dozen years.

“Mr. Branham is a leader and has extensive exper...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Maricopa County works to combat opioid epidemic

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During National Recovery Month, Maricopa County is highlighting its work with community organizations and other agencies to help combat and bring awareness to the opioid epidemic.

Across the nation, there were at least 60 thousand deaths related to opioid ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Board of Supervisors Appoints State Legislator

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The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Geraldine Peten to fill the Legislative District 4 seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.  The seat was left vacant by the July resignation of Jesus Rubalcava.

Peten earned her doctor of...

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