COMPA Press Release – June 27th, 2012
The City of Maricopa Police Association (COMPA) is proud to announce that it will now be represented by Combined Law Enforcement Agencies Association (CLEAA) . This move by COMPA was voted on by it’s members in a recent election.
COMPA is no longer affiliated with the Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs (AZCOPS). COMPA’s members have always believed a serious conflict of interest existed in AZCOPS contracting with Maricopa’s City Attorney, Dennis Fitzgibbons, for legal services while he simultaneously represented the City. Mr. Fitzgibbons played a major role in the improper handling of administrative investigations and disciplinary proceedings brought by the City against COMPA members.
With all due respect to the Farmers’ Almanac, the month of April certainly didn’t produce many showers around here so we’ll all have to use our imaginations in order to see those May flowers. Unless of course you went on the UofA Garden tour last month – in which case you’ve stored away lots of mental photos of some beautiful landscapes.
But before I totally move away from this topic, I need to remind everyone that the danger from wild fires this spring and summer is very high due to the aforementioned lack of rainfall. In fact, Pinal County’s Air Quality Department has ceased issuing burn permits for the unincorporated areas of the county. The only exceptions to the ban on open burning are those farming operations that have already received a permit for agricultural burning.
(Chris Benesch/Maricopa360.com) – This weekend marked an important point in the development of the City of Maricopa. A permanent, and according to most people who attended the groundbreaking event today, great-looking, City Hall is officially underway to begin construction.
I just wanted to take a minute to give you an update on what is happening in the Senate and in the Legislature as a whole right now. The session is winding down and we are nearing the end of voting on bills (as a matter of fact, we just passed out some great pro-life and pro-second amendment bills last week), but the main focus as of late has been, and will continue to be, the budget.
As you may recall from last year, we (the Republicans) gave Arizona its first structurally balanced budget in years and the result is that we now are approximately $600 million in the black. That being said, we are facing a critical time in that we need to be very careful about what we do with this surplus.
As you can imagine, there are many opinions on how what to do with the surplus, but what my attitude has and will continue to be is to only fund what it critical and to save the rest in a rainy-day fund. I say this because there are potentially three major obstacles we will be facing from now through 2015.
Maricopa City Manager Brenda Fischer has announced two key leadership selections. Danielle Casey has been named Assistant City Manager and Jennifer Campbell has been named Community Services Director.
Casey is currently the City’s Economic Development Director. She will assume the role of Assistant City Manager on April 23 and will oversee the Community Services, Development Services and Economic Development departments.
“During the interview process, Ms. Casey’s experience, education, enthusiasm, dedication, and love for the City of Maricopa set her above the other candidates,” said Fischer. “I am confident that in her new capacity, she is going to continue to serve the City with excellent results. Her experience as Economic Development Director will strengthen our efforts and coordination between the departments she will lead.”
It’s already April? So soon? Yes – high school seniors, college and university seniors, and parents galore are planning their graduation festivities as I write these words (some are more enthusiastic than others as you might imagine!). And as those activities begin to come together, teachers throughout the country do their best to bring this academic year of instruction to a successful end – sending their students on to their next adventure with hopes for success – while planning to pack an enormous amount of additional training and/or additional academic achievement into the all too brief two and a half months between this school year and the next.
But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. Last month’s frantic pace of community, social, and fund-raising events did leave room for me to travel to Washington, DC for a very brief but successful visit to the offices of Arizona’s federal delegation in early March. I was able to spend considerable time with the legislative directors for Representatives Gosar, Grijalva, and Franks reviewing the elements of our county’s federal legislative platform while receiving briefings on such critical legislation as the Resolution Copper land exchange and Senate and House efforts to agree on a reauthorization of a federal transportation act.
(Pinal County Press Release) – Pinal County Supervisor David Snider will hold his monthly Maricopa office hours on Tuesday, April 3rd.
The District 3 Supervisor will be at the Interim Maricopa City Hall, 45145 West Madison Avenue, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
“We are coming off the opening of the new Maricopa Public Health Clinic located on John Wayne Parkway,” Snider said. “This clinic is something that has been needed in Maricopa for years. It’s nice that we are able to supply this type of service to the people in this area. I am also pleased to note that we are leasing the old Pinal County Sheriff’s Office substation in Maricopa to the F.O.R. Food Bank. ”