Maricopa County Supervisors Develop Process for Filling Assessor Vacancy Left By Petersen

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Paul D. Petersen [Photo courtesy Maricopa County Assessor's Office]

MARICOPA COUNTY – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has announced the process they will employ to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Paul Petersen, who is accused of running an adoption fraud scheme.

State law requires the Board of Supervisors to appoint a new county assessor in the case of a vacancy. The process for making that appointment is not defined by state law.

The County is now accepting applications for the position. Applications will be accepted through Monday, January 27 at 5 pm. The Board may choose to interview applicants before making a decision. Applicants are subject to a background check.

The applicant must be a Maricopa County resident over the age of 18 and a registered Republican per ARS 16-230. The person selected will fill the remainder of the current term which ends December 31, 2020.

Applicants should submit:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Answers to questionnaire
  • Maximum of three letters of recommendation (optional)

Applicants should send the letter of interest, resume, completed questionnaire and letters of recommendation to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or email it to All documents filed with the Clerk’s Office will become public records and may be posted online.

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