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County Parks honor veterans with gesture of appreciation

As a small token of appreciation for the freedoms afforded to all Americans, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will be honoring all veterans with Military Service Appreciation Day on Friday, November 11. Military Service Appreciation Day will be observed at all Maricopa County Parks. All active and non-active military personnel are encouraged to visit any of the county’s ten parks and enjoy affordable recreation. The $6 day-use entry fee will be waived for military personnel.

The County’s regional parks are a great place for people to connect with nature. We hope military personnel will take advantage of our offer to come out to the parks to enjoy a hike, park program, and the cooler temperatures with those who are near and dear to their hearts.

For information about activities at a County park near you, call (602) 506-2930 or visit www.maricopacountyparks.net/

Vets' Community Connections

Got 10 minutes for a vet? You can help our vets and their families integrate more fully into the community. Vets’ Community Connections (VCC) is a channel for our region’s citizens from all walks of life to do just that – by phone, on your own time, using your own expertise. Please sign up today, to provide the connections our vets and their families want.

To learn more about VCC read the two AZ Republic articles here:

  1. Leverage your knowledge to help vets 
  2. Five volunteers explain why they signed up to help vets

Wag N' Walk Adoption Hike

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control celebrated with the launch of its award-winning Wag N’ Walk Adoption Hike program.

MCACC volunteers will bring adoptable dogs to Usery Mountain Regional Park to join hikers for an easy one-mile hike. They are held on the first Saturday of each month until April. For more information please visit http://bit.ly/2dEgexZ

Wag n' Walk

Good Government

NACo Awards Presentation

I had the honor to recognize our Maricopa County departments and employees for 57 national achievement awards received from the National Association of Counties (NACo). One of the many departments recognized was Human Resources, for our personnel reform efforts.  Maricopa County continues to make our workforce more accountable, efficient, competitive, and productive.

NACo Personnel Reform

Fall Service Awards event honoring Maricopa County Employees

On October 12, we honored Maricopa County employees with 30+ years of service with the county. We appreciate the many years of service of our entire county workforce.

Fall Service Awards
Joined by Chairman Clint Hickman, Supervisor Andy Kunasek, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and Deputy County Manager Reid Spaulding

Maricopa County Citizens Survey

One of my priorities when I became your Maricopa County Supervisor was to bring a business mindset to the county by improving communication between county government and taxpayers. In continuing to strive for excellent customer service, we have created a Maricopa County Citizens Survey. This enables our constituents to give us feedback on what we are doing right or where we can improve. We want to be a government that listens and this gives you the opportunity to share your concerns or suggestions. Please take a moment to fill out the Maricopa County Citizens Survey. 

Citizen Survey

Flood Control received the Core Values Overall Project of the Year award for a drainage study that impacts Districts 2 & 3

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County received the Project of the Year award for the Pinnacle Peak West Area Drainage Master Study from the International Association for Public Participation USA organization (IAP2 USA). The Maricopa County Flood Control District conducted a study covering 95-square miles in northeast Maricopa County. This same project also received the General Project of the Year Award from IAP2 USA. 

The level of outreach and analysis was both a necessary and incredible effort by county staff. This demonstrates that transparency plus early public engagement is a winning formula.

Flood Control

Community Update

Maricopa County Reads

This summer, a total of 77,329 people participated in Maricopa County Reads. Over 890,000 digital badges were earned and over 116,000 challenges were completed. Watch the video below to see the benefits of the Maricopa County Reads online summer reading program.

Summer Reads Program

Library District’s Food for Fines

Once again the Library District’s Food for Fines event was tremendously successful! We collected 17,039 nonperishable items for local food banks and waived $34,078 in fines that enabled families to get their library accounts back on track.

Chucri Food for Fines


Veteran's Home Rehab

Vets Home Rehab Chucri

I am proud to have worked with our Human Services Department and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on a grant to help several local veterans with service-connected disabilities. These funds retrofit homes to allow veterans to live independently in a safe and suitably adapted home.

We are deeply honored to work with veterans in our community that have sacrificed so much to serve our country.

Watch the following video to see how the Home Modification Grants helped one family in need.

Vets house remodel

Maricopa County IDA supporting Rapid Re-Housing Program

Rapid Re-housing

The Rapid Re-Housing program is another way Maricopa County has been instrumental in helping to put homeless vets, families, and individuals into housing with the services needed to stay there. In the last year, over 500 people have been placed into permanent housing.

Community Connections

I had the privilege to participate in a Community Connections event celebrating First Place AZ and PBS News Hour’s coverage A Place in the World. I appreciate the Maricopa County IDA’s support of this worthy project.

First Place
From left to right – Shelby Scharbach, Denise Resnick, Caren Zucker and myself

Maricopa County Supervisors Approve Grants to Help Local Groups

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a series of grants from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). Three of the grant recipients were Boys Hope Girls Hope, First Place Phoenix, and the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC).

I’m so pleased we can help these organizations reach their goals through partnership with the SRPMIC. They each play critical roles for the people they serve and are exemplary community partners.

We are thankful for SRPMIC’s community involvement and partnership!

With SRPMIC President
With SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray Sr.

$60 Million Dollars Coming to Arizona Schools

A grant from the US Department of Education will provide $60 million dollars to support seven Arizona Districts and charters. This will benefit 22,000 students in 44 schools and once implemented make 1,100 teachers and principals eligible for performance-based salary increases awarded annually.

Through outside funding, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) has been able to invest in its educational programs to improve education for our school aged youth. As a result, this will enable our students to be career ready when they graduate college and therefore be competitive in a global economy.

County Supervisors Provide Funding to Help Keep Homeless off the Streets

At the August 17 formal meeting, the Supervisors allotted an additional $95,000 to extend the life of the temporary overflow shelter. The funding will allow the shelter, located at 12th Avenue and Jackson Street, to house up to 250 people each night until the end of February 2017 while partners work to place the homeless in permanent housing. The most vulnerable members of the group – the chronically homeless, women, children, the disabled, and veterans – will be prioritized for the temporary overflow spaces. The County is a partner in a funding collaborative with St. Vincent de Paul, the Department of Economic Security, Arizona Housing Department, and Valley of the Sun United Way. Special thanks to St. Vincent de Paul for stepping up to help bridge this gap at a reduced cost.

Keeping the homeless off streets