Campaign reminding all of dangers if kids, pets left in parked cars

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is kicking off a summer tradition of making sure drivers know kids and pets cannot be left in parked cars. Officials will be at the 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, monthly Coffee with a Chief at the Paradise Valley Police Department’s station, 6433 E. Lincoln Drive, to present their “Don’t […]

Local police departments implement new 9-1-1 texting option

A new service launched in April to provide Arizonans within Maricopa County another option to contact 9-1-1: through text message. The text to 9-1-1 service successfully launched county-wide on April 2 with a motto: “Call if you can. Text if you can’t.” The feature will make it easier for those with hearing and speech impairments […]

Wear Purple Day on Oct. 19 for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Maricopa County residents and more than 13,000 employees are encouraged to wear purple on Oct. 19, supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With hopes to educate people about domestic violence prevention this month, numerous events are planned that focus on the problem and resources available, according to a recent press release. Fittingly, Maricopa County’s Board of […]

Maricopa County offers fuel to programs to combat homelessness

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved nine contracts officials say are in support of regional solutions for homelessness. The contracts, worth $1.3 million, will fund programs that offer rapid re-housing and support services as well as emergency shelter, according to a press release. “By coordinating these services with dedicated and experienced local partners, […]

Bill Gates takes office as District 3 Maricopa County Supervisor

Former Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, a Republican, was sworn in yesterday as a Maricopa County Supervisor for his first term on the county’s Board of Supervisors. Mr. Gates represents District 3, which stretches from central Phoenix through Paradise Valley and north to Anthem. Mr. Gates spent the past seven years as a Phoenix City […]

‘Voices for CASA Children’ launches urgent needs program for foster children

Voices for CASA Children is dedicated to supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates and providing a brighter future for the children they serve. Now, thanks to a generous grant from Season for Sharing, VOICES can start providing immediate assistance when an advocate reports an urgent and/or unmet need on behalf of his or her CASA child, according to a press release.

Mary Martin named Maricopa County Animal Care & Control director

Maricopa County officials have announced Mary Martin as the director of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Ms. Martin, who will begin in November, has served as the executive director for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society since 2009, according to a press release. “The Board of Supervisors is proud to welcome Mary […]

Maricopa County awarded $13M Head Start grant

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has accepted a five-year, $13 million federal Head Start grant secured through a competitive process. The funding allows the County’s Human Services Department to continue more than 50 years of Head Start in the East Valley communities of Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe, while increasing the amount of education time and length of the school year for many of the preschool children.

Sam, MCAO’s beloved victim support dog, to hang up his vest

Maricopa County Attorney Office’s first victim support dog, Sam, submitted his resignation to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. In a unanimous vote, the board approved a motion for Sam to continue to live with his handler and Victim Advocate, Rhonda Stewart. His retirement is effective July 29, according to a press release.

Maricopa County unanimously adopts $2.4B budget

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has unanimously adopted its final fiscal year 2017 budget on June 20. The $2.356 billion budget, an increase of $116.8 million (5.2 percent) from fiscal year 2016, adds funding for more criminal justice and public safety, including a new juvenile court, 13 adult probation staff – with a possibility of 12 more as needed – and increased prosecution costs, including more than $1 million for child abuse, sexual assault, and strangulation exams.