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APRIL 10, 2020
REPRESENTATIVE TOWN HALL
CANCELLED

April 10, 2020

ADRIAN FONTES
Maricopa County Recorder
Adrian Fontes is an Arizona native born and raised on the border in Nogales. His active duty service in the United States Marine Corps solidified his love of country and made him a strong advocate of the US Constitution. He took this passion back to finish his undergraduate degree with summa cum laude honors at Arizona State University, and then to the University of Denver where he received his Juris Doctorate. After law school, Mr. Fontes worked for the Denver DA’s Office prior to returning to Arizona to continue his prosecuting career with the Maricopa County Attorney and then the Arizona Attorney General. With the Arizona AG, he headed the Foreign Prosecution Unit in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of that office. Mr. Fontes left government service for private practice where he made his way from working in local Justice Courts, through Superior Courts and eventually to several cases before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Adrian Fontes lives in Phoenix with his wife Mona and their three daughters. He is an avid musician, college football fan and supporter of his community.

Adrian Fontes is a member of the National Association of Counties Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee and is working on the requirements to achieve a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) designation. CERA is the elections profession’s highest designation.

 

April 10, 2020

BETTY DELANO

AG's Senior Outreach Life Care Planning

Betty DeLano retired from the Maricopa County Superior  Court after working for two Superior Court Judges for almost 30 years.   She served in various positions including Judicial Assistant, Bailiff, and Courtroom Clerk.  After a brief 3 month retirement, she went  to  work on a part-time basis for the Arizona Attorney General in his Outreach and Education Division, serving as Senior Outreach Coordinator.  Her goal is to reach out  Sate wide  and to  inform as many seniors as possible regarding the importance of learning about health care planning, scams/identity theft and Task Force Against Senior Abuse and Exploitation.  As a  former banker and government worker Betty enjoys  serving and meeting the  public.


May 8, 2020

DARREN VINER

Phoenix P.D. Commander, Black Mtn

Commander Darren Viner is a 27 year veteran of law enforcement here in the valley.  He started his career with the Scottsdale Police Department in 1993, and subsequently moved to the Phoenix Police Department in 1995.  Over the course of his career, Darren has worked in a “front lines” patrol capacity for approximately 15 years.  During that time, he served as a patrol officer in the Central City and South Mountain Precincts.  In 2001, Darren promoted to the rank of sergeant, and served in the Maryvale Precinct as a patrol sergeant and the precinct’s Community Action Sergeant.  As a sergeant, Darren also served for two years in the Phoenix Police Department’s Family Investigations Bureau. 

 

In 2007, Darren was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as a patrol, and Field Training Lieutenant in the Central City Precinct.  In 2010, Darren transferred to the South Mountain Precinct where he served as the Field Training Lieutenant.  In 2013, Darren was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Bureau/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Center, where he led the bureau’s Street Enforcement Unit, comprised of undercover narcotics detectives.  In 2016, Darren was promoted to the rank of Commander and has since had positions of command over the Family Investigations Bureau, Duty Commander, Strategic Information Bureau, Employment Services Bureau, and is currently assigned to the Black Mountain Precinct.  In his current station, Darren oversees patrol operations for the precinct. 

 

Darren’s educational accomplishments and professional associations: B.S. Degree in Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 1991, a Masters Degree in the Science of Leadership/Emphasis on Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management, Grand Canyon University, 2008.  Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 33, and currently serves as the Chair on Mountain Park Health Center’s Board of Directors. 

 

Darren is happily married to Denise Viner and they have 5 children together. 



May 8, 2020

DAN WHELAN

Commander MCSO Sheriff
Bio coming soon


June 12, 2020

KAREN FANN

Arizona State Senator President

President, Arizona State Senate, 2019-present

Senator, Arizona State Senate, District 1, 2017-present

Candidate, Arizona State Senate, District 1, 2018

Representative, Arizona State House of Representatives, District 1, 2011-2017

Mayor, Chino Valley, 2002-2009

Councior/Mayor Pro Tempore, Prescott City, 1992-1995

Owner/Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Highway Safety Specialists, Incorporated

Owner/Operator, FANN-M Ranch

Teacher, Greenway Middle School, Paradise Valley Unified School District

Former President, Prescott Chapter, National Association of Women in Construction

Member, Rotary International

President, Yavapai County Contractors Association

Member, BQAZ Statewide Transportation Board, 2007-2009

Chairman/Board Member, Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2005-2009

Chair, Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition, 2006-2009

Member, Northern Council of Government, 1992-1994, 2002-2007

President and Board, Prescott/Tri City Town Hall, 1993-2002

Arizona Capitol Times' Leader of the Year in Public Policy

Arizona Family Project's Friend of the Family

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Arizona Legislator of the Year

Legislator of the Year

Union Pacific Railroad's Legislative Award

Arizona League of Cities and Towns Legislative Hero Award

Americans for Prosperity's Hero of the Taxpayor

Arizona Parents for Education Golden Apple Award

Woman of the Year, Arizona Rock Products Association's

 

June 12, 2020

THELDA WILLIAMS

City of Phoenix Councilwoman District 1

Thelda Williams is the Councilwoman for District 1. She was re-elected in 2015 for a third four-year term as District 1 Councilwoman. She has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2008. Previously, she served on the Council from 1989 to 1996.  Councilwoman Williams was sworn in as Phoenix's 60th mayor on June 11, 2018 and served as mayor pro tempore (serving as both Mayor and Councilmember) until March 21, 2019. Williams also served as mayor in 1994 and 2011; she is the only person in Phoenix history to hold the mayoral title three times. 

Before joining the council, she was the Division Commander of the Custody Support/Inmate Programs Division at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from 1996 to 2007, where she supervised the Sheriff's MASH Unit for abused and neglected animals, Hard Knocks High School for incarcerated juveniles, the Alpha Program for drug and/or alcohol-addicted inmates, and all religious and adult programs.

Councilwoman Williams has been active in community affairs for more than three decades, having served on numerous boards and commissions including the city of Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, the city of Phoenix Transit Commission, the Block Watch Oversight Committee, the Deer Valley Planning Committee, the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments Board, Women in Local Government Association, Governor's Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Advisory Board.


July 10, 2020

HEATHER MACRE

Director at CAWCD
Heather Macre fights for the people of Arizona every day, emphasizing integrity, transparency, and sustainability. She has spent the past six years representing Maricopa County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors since getting elected in 2012.  She is a partner at the law firm of Aiken Schenk and spends her free time raising money for children in the community through Suns Charities 88. Heather and her husband Steven are parents to three-year-old Dorothy and two nine-year-old rescue Chihuahua-mixes, Rugby and Lily. Heather Macre fights for the people of Arizona every day, emphasizing integrity, transparency, and sustainability. She has spent the past six years representing Maricopa County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors since getting elected in 2012.  She is a partner at the law firm of Aiken Schenk and spends her free time raising money for children in the community through Suns Charities 88. Heather and her husband Steven are parents to three-year-old Dorothy and two nine-year-old rescue Chihuahua-mixes, Rugby and Lily.

August 14, 2020

PAUL PENZONE

Sheriff Maricopa County

Sheriff Paul Penzone has a combined 30 years of law enforcement and public safety experience. His resume includes a distinguished 21-year career with the Phoenix Police Department, with seven years dedicated to the department’s nationally-recognized Silent Witness program, which focuses on solving cold cases and apprehending dangerous fugitives.

After retiring from Phoenix PD, Sheriff Penzone spent time as Vice President with Childhelp, a 60-year-old nonprofit dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse. He also owned and operated a successful private security firm that focused on issues such as school and workplace safety, threat mitigation, internal investigations and comprehensive security.

Under Sheriff Penzone’s leadership, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is committed to a mission of ethical, effective, and impactful law enforcement and public safety. The Sheriff and his staff are also focused on programs and initiatives to help promote partnerships and trust between our Office and our communities.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office operates in an area nearly the size of Vermont and is the primary or supporting law enforcement agency for a population of more than four million residents. MCSO’s jails process and house all felony and most misdemeanor inmates for the County, in excess of 100,000 intakes annually.

The Sheriff is a member of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association, the Major Counties Sheriff’s Association, IACP, and the Department of Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council. He also serves on the board of the New Life Domestic Violence Center, Childhelp, and Phoenix Symphony.

Sheriff Penzone attended Cortez High School in Phoenix, where his interest in the law began while serving as a volunteer bailiff with a county Justice Court. He went on to study criminal justice at Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University.

 


September 11, 2020

Dr. CURTIS FINCH

Superintendent for DVUSD
Dr. Finch’s quest for educational excellence began at an early age in Alaska with his mother as a school bus driver and father as the school district’s maintenance director; the school system was the center of the community. As a young adult, Curtis utilized the long summer days to skipper a commercial fishing boat, work construction, and mine gold to pay for his college education.

Curtis received a BA in Secondary Mathematics, a MA in Administration, and a PhD in Education. Dr. Finch has spent 24 years in administration at the Middle School, High School, Superintendent, and ISD levels. He has received two state Winner’s Circle awards and a Region III Superintendent of the Year award. The past eighteen years as a Superintendent has afforded Curt opportunities to shape educational issues, testifying before the Michigan Legislature, the FCC in Washington DC, and serving on local, state, and national committees. He has also passed multiple school levies, recently securing a $40 million Special Education Enhancement Millage and later creating Meceola Technical College for vocationally training adults.

Dr. Finch is married to Angie and has a daughter who is a math professor and a son who is completing his eye doctor residency.

 


October 9, 2020
VALERIE BECKETT

Deputy County Manager

Valerie has served as Special Assistant to the County Manager since 2016.  In that role, she has worked tirelessly on key initiatives and priorities of the Board of Supervisors.  With each project, she has demonstrated great leadership, focus, and commitment to the residents we serve and the mission of Maricopa County. 

Valerie is a proven leader who gets results.  In the U.S. Marine Corps, she rose to the rank of Captain.  In the private sector, she held management positions at the Ford Motor Company and General Electric.  In her time at Maricopa County, she has been deeply involved in making government work better for residents, including as Customer Service Manager for the Planning & Development Department, Interim Director for Animal Care & Control, and Director of the Ombudsman Program.

Valerie is an Arizona native who holds an undergraduate degree in Business and a Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University.