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Town Hires Peter Zick as Fire Chief

Pictured from L to R - Chesley Udall, Rachel Alger, Brian Bishop

The Town of Florence hired Peter Zick to be Florence’s next Fire Chief.  His first day on the job was Monday, May 13th.   Chief Zick is replacing Interim Fire Chief Mike Duran who served in that position since January, 2013.   Interim Chief Duran will remain employed by the Town of Florence for two weeks after Chief Zick’s first day to ensure a smooth transition in the Fire Department. 

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The Honorable Judge Boyd T. Johnson Announces his Retirement

After more than eighteen years serving on the Pinal County Superior Court bench, Judge Boyd T. Johnson has given notice to the Governor, the Arizona Supreme Court and the Pinal County Board of Supervisors that he is retiring effective June 30, 2013.  Judge Johnson has offered to continue to serve Pinal County and the citizens of this State after his retirement as a Judge when and as needed.

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Supervisors Vote on New County Manager

After a nationwide search, the Pinal County Board of  Supervisors has agreed to enter in negotiations with Stewart Ed, General Services Director for the City of El Paso, Texas, as the new County Manager.  

Ed, along with Interim County Manager Greg Stanley, were the two finalists for the position as voted on by the Board of Supervisors in Wednesday's meeting. After a  second vote, Ed was unanimously chosen.

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Supervisors Join Congresswoman Kirkpatrick at Casa Grande Ruins

Supervisors Cheryl Chase, Todd House and Pete Rios joined District 1 Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for an open house to learn more about a bill designed to increase the acreage of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

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Supervisors Deny Medical Marijuana Dispensary Proposed for Dudleyville

Starship Performing at Encanterra in San Tan Valley, AZ

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted down an application for a special use permit that would have placed a medical marijuana dispensary in Dudleyville, a small town in rural eastern Pinal County.

In 2010, voters approved Proposition 203, better known as the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.  The law gives patients, who are prescribed medical marijuana, the chance to obtain small amounts from tightly-regulated dispensaries.  If the patient is not within 25 miles of a dispensary, they are legally able to cultivate their own marijuana.

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Supervisors Approve Resolution of Support for Union Pacific Classification Yard

The proposed Union Pacific Railroad Classification Yard picked up another show of support from the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in Wednesday’s meeting.

The board unanimously approved a resolution asking Governor Jan Brewer to direct the State Land Department to auction the land needed for the project within the next six months.  Union Pacific has had an application for six years with no decision being rendered by the State Land Department.  The land is located just north of Red Rock east of Interstate 10.

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Supervisors Approve New Open Space and Trails Advisory Commission

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new Open Space and Trails Advisory Commission. 

The commission will consist of ten members from the public, each of the five Supervisors will have two selections to the body. The members must be either a resident of Pinal County or be a business or property owner within the county.  

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Supervisors Appoint Sanchez as Interim Mammoth Fire District Administrator

At the December 19 meeting of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Fred (Rick) Sanchez, Junior to become the interim Administrator for the Mammoth Fire District.

Sanchez was one of three candidates who submitted to be considered for the position.

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Supervisor Todd House Featured Presenter at March 30 Open Space Forum

Pinal County Supervisor Todd House will be a featured presenter at a free open space and land conservation forum on Saturday, March 30 starting at 7:00 PM.  House represents the Apache Junction, Superstition and Gold Canyon areas, three areas of Pinal County that are rich with beautiful views and trails.

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Supervisor Rios Recognized as one of the Most Influential Hispanic Leaders in Arizona’s 100 Year History

Pinal County Supervisor’s Pete Rios’ 1991 ascendency to become the first Latino Senate President in Arizona history has earned him a high honor from the Hispanic community.

Supervisor Rios’ time as Senate President was ranked third on the top-10 Arizona Hispanic Moments in Arizona history by Valle del Sol.

The District One Supervisor received the honor at Valle del Sol’s 22nd Annual Profiles of Success Celebration held recently in Phoenix.  Over 1,400 people attended the noontime event.

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Supervisor Rios Honored by Arizona State University

Supervisor Pete Rios

District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios was recently honored by his alma mater Arizona State University for his many devoted years of service and self-sacrifice on behalf of others.  

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Supervisor Pete Rios Begins Second Term in a Familiar Role

Tyler Nelson of San Tan Foothills High School

From his Florence office, Supervisor Pete Rios reflects upon his days in the legislature and says his next term on the Pinal County board will be somewhat familiar to his legislative past.

“In all my years in the state legislature, the Democrats had the majority one time,” Rios recalls.  “That meant we, as Democrats, had to work with the Republicans to get our bills passed.  I can say it wasn’t cut-throat like it is now.  Everyone had their ideas and sometimes they passed, other times not.  Still to this day I remain good friends with many of those on the other side of the aisle.”

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Supervisor Pete Rios and Casa Grande's HR Paddock Lauded for Service to Pinal County Employee Benefit Trust

HR Paddock and Supervisor Pete Rios receive plaques for their service to the PCEBT.

District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios, along with Casa Grande resident HR Paddock were recognized for their service as members of the Pinal County Employee Benefit Trust. 

The Board of Supervisors partially self-funds a health benefit program to help manage costs through the Pinal County Employee Benefit Trust. A board of trustees, appointed by the Supervisors, oversee and manage the employee health benefits. The trust members are not compensated for their time. 

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Supervisor Cheryl Chase to Host Pet Adoption, Licensing Event with Rabies Vaccine Offered, along with Discounted Microchipping

Pinal County Supervisor Cheryl Chase has been busy meeting with and solving problems for her San Tan Valley area neighbors.  She today announced a meet and greet pet adoption event on Saturday, April 6.

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Sheriff Babeu announces Anti-Smuggling Posse

Today, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu held a press conference at 10 a.m along with State Senator Sylvia Allen, Chief Deputy Steve Henry and SWAT Commander Lieutenant Matt Thomas to announce the creation of an armed Anti-Smuggling Posse (ASP) to assist in fighting the rampant drug smuggling in Pinal County.  The posse will be comprised of unpaid volunteers.

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Sex Offender Update - Apache Junction

Michael David Huntoon

Convicted in 2000 of attempted molestation of a child after he took a plea.

He exposed himself to 2 six year olds and a three year old known to him and he molested a six year old.

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Sen. Crandall, Sheriff Babeu and NASRO President announce $30 Million Dollar Plan for SRO’s to protect Arizona Schools

State Senator Rich Crandall (R-Mesa), Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) President Kevin Quinn announced their comprehensive $30 million dollar plan adding nearly 300 School Resource Officers, funding $4.5 million to improve mental health assessment to pro-actively identify threats and $1.5 million to expand school guidance counseling.  The plan proposes to redirect clean elections excess funding via a ballot referral. Other ideas include a tax on alcohol sold in Arizona or a fee on private party auto sales although the referral is the preferred method of funding.  The annual revenue generated would provide the necessary funding stream to guarantee the program’s ongoing success.  

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Second Annual Pinal County Adoption Day Nov 2nd

Pinal County Superior Courthouse in Florence is joining courts across the country and opening its doors during National Adoption Month to finalize adoptions of children from foster care and to celebrate all families that adopt.

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Santa Asks Clerk of the Superior Court to Safeguard "Nice" List

In an unprecedented collaboration with the North Pole, Clerk of the Superior Court Chad A. Roche has been approached by two of Santa’s Clerks to safeguard the Pinal County “Nice” List. The tiny emissaries arrived last evening to file in Santa’s Nice List, as well as all of Santa’s Letters to children on that list. They were scanned and docketed until way past midnight.

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Rottweiler Puppies Dumped in Trash Bin Now Reunited with Mother

Four one-week old Rottweiler puppies found in a Florence dumpster have been reunited with their mother and will be looking for good homes sometime soon.

The saga of the newborn puppies began on Tuesday morning when a Florence resident filed a report with the Florence Police Department claiming that his adult Rottweiler and her puppies were taken from his backyard.

A neighbor found the puppies later that day when he was dumping a load of garbage and heard them whimpering in a box.  The neighbor contacted the owner and turned the puppies over to him. 

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