The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Scottsdale resident Joy Rich as the new county manager following a nationwide search that began in February.
Ms. Rich has been with the county since 1997 as a planning manager before filling the role of planning and development director in 1998.
She served as deputy county manager since 2012 providing strategic leadership for departments such as planning and development, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Air Quality and Emergency Management. The 11 departments have a budget of more than $495 million annually, according to a press release.
“Joy Rich has been an outstanding public servant her entire career,” stated Board Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4, in the release. “When residents have an issue, Joy doesn’t hesitate to get involved personally to make sure it is resolved. And she never hesitates to change ‘business as usual’ if it means better service for taxpayers.”
Ms. Rich is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and Arizona City/County Management Association among many other professional organizations. She has been was recognized as Woman of the Year in 2014 by the Arizona Rock Products Association and Local Official of the Year in 2004 by the National Association of Homebuilders.
“Many of my departments provide critical services to the residents of Maricopa County,” stated Ms. Rich in the release. “Through the leadership of the board we have focused on efficient government with great customer service and we will continue down that path while handling a growing population.”
Ms. Rich has lived and worked in Arizona since college. She currently lives in Scottsdale with her husband and children. Her first day as county manager is to be May 30.
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