Barney to leave Maricopa County supervisor office Feb. 1

Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney plans to officially step down from his position as county supervisor of District 1 on Feb. 1 to focus on his position as the president and CEO of the East Valley Partnership.

The board of supervisors will appoint another east Valley resident to fill the vacancy on the board, according to a release.

Denny Barney

“I’ve truly enjoyed the past six years working with my colleagues, staff and private partners to enrich the lives of our residents,” Mr. Barney said in the release. “I couldn’t ask to work with a more dedicated group of public servants who are willing to change years-old processes, in some cases, to achieve better levels of service.”

Mr. Barney took over his new role as president and CEO of the East Valley Partnership on a part-time basis in May while continuing to represent the residents of District 1.

The partnership is a nonpartisan coalition that advocates in areas such as economic development, education, transportation and infrastructure, arts and healthcare.

Supervisor Barney was elected in 2012 and served as board chairman in 2014 and 2017. His district includes Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Tempe, Sun Lakes, west Mesa and Ahwatukee.

His achievements on the board include a holistic approach to criminal justice and reforms of budget and regulatory processes, according to the release.

“Zero-based budgeting has allowed us to limit the creep of bureaucracy and save money,” Mr. Barney said in the release.

“By streamlining our regulatory processes we’ve been able to make it easier for private sector entrepreneurs to do business with Maricopa County. And by adopting Smart Justice initiatives we’ve been able to give people leaving our jails a better chance to become productive members of society,” he said.

Maricopa County is governed by five district supervisors, each representing a geographic area of roughly the same population.  County supervisors are elected positions and serve four-year terms.

Arizona Revised Statute 16-230(A)2 requires the current Board of Supervisors to appoint a person of the same political party from District 1. The individual appointed to the seat will be required to run in the next general election in 2020 to retain the office, according to the release.

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 24,000 homes.

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