Attorney General Mayes Chief of Staff Quits After Seven Months

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Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes

Attorney General Kris Mayes’ chief of staff, Amy Love, has quit.

In a brief press release on Monday morning, Mayes’ office announced that Love would depart on August 7. The attorney general’s office didn’t offer any further details.

“Amy Love is an exceptional public servant, and I thank her for her service to the Attorney General’s Office and the State of Arizona,” said Mayes. “I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

https://twitter.com/AZAGMayes/status/1612982650096189441

Prior to working for Mayes, Love served for two years as the outreach director for Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), the director of communications for the Maricopa County Superior Court, deputy director of government affairs and legislative liaison for the Arizona Supreme Court, and legislative liaison for the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Love received a $200,000 annual salary for the position.

Love recently came into the spotlight over the budget debates. She submitted an unsuccessful request to increase funding to the attorney general’s office. In a confrontation with Sen. Jake Hoffman (R-LD12), Love told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the proposed budget “pillaged” their funding and left them without enough resources to run the consumer complaints division.

Hoffman accused Love of being greedy, noting that Mayes’ predecessor, Mark Brnovich, had no issue with using less from the budget.

“You’re looking at this entire pot of money and you have dollar signs in your eyes,” said Hoffman. “It just seems like you see a big pot of money and you want to grab at it.”

In a follow-up letter to Mayes over the exchange, State Rep. David Livingston (R-LD28) criticized the accuracy of Love’s remarks on the use of One Arizona Opioid Settlement Funds. Love told the Senate Appropriations Commission that the settlement funds belonged to Mayes’ office only and didn’t require the advice or consent of the state legislature. Love’s claim conflicted with language in the consent judgements.

https://twitter.com/Livingston4AZ/status/1656064249293312000

At the time, Mayes threatened to sue Hobbs and the state legislature for allegedly taking funds she believed belonged to her office in order to finance universal school choice.

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