One of my many responsibilities as a legislator was to serve as the Chairman of the Audit Committee for four years. The Arizona Auditor General is a direct employee of the State Legislature and through the audit process we assure the taxpayers that appropriated monies are spent as directed. One of my key objectives over my tenure was to strengthen the Fraud division of the AG's office. Over the past four years, we doubled the size of the Fraud division and improved prosecution and recovery. I believe this commitment to accountability will serve me well in the role of County Treasurer.
During my time as Chairman of Children and Family Services, I worked closely with the newly created Department of Children Services to reduce caseloads for DCS caseworkers from 60 to 14 per caseworker. I also worked to strengthen kinship care and add safeguards for families in turmoil. This was not only done through funding, but through improved process management and a dedicated plan to reduce the backlog. I believe in the philosophy that we can always be improving our procedures and I love to think outside the box for new ways to tackle old problems.
One of my passions has been my work with the developmentally disabled. While working on their issues and carefully evaluating the programs that receive state funding, I became committed to seeing that the House of Representatives act on its principles and employ members of this community at the Arizona House. Today we have two developmentally disabled adults as members of our Page staff, who make the coffee and help manage our recycled paper program. This effort at inclusion has been far more beneficial for the House staff members than just its intended goal of providing work for this disenfranchised community. If elected Treasurer, I would work to see where the County could include members of the developmentally disabled community in its workforce.