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New County Elections Director Named

Post Date:06/17/2019 3:45 PM

New County Elections Director Named

YUMA COUNTY, AZ – Yuma County Administrator Susan Thorpe announced Mary Fontes has come on board as the County’s Elections Director during today’s regular session of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors.  Ms. Fontes is the first to serve as Elections Director under the guidance of the Yuma County Recorder’s Office which was delegated this responsibility by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors in February.

“Having worked with Mary Fontes for over 10 years during her time with the Secretary of State’s Office and Maricopa County, I am extremely excited to welcome her to the Yuma County team!” explains County Recorder Robyn Stallworth Pouquette. “Mary’s extensive experience in various areas of elections management will be an asset to Yuma County and the entire staff of the Recorder’s Office is looking forward to working with her in the upcoming election cycles.”

The Yuma County Board of Supervisors streamlined the Elections and Recorder’s Offices to provide better service to the public. An Elections Advisory Committee was formed and is comprised of the County Recorder, the County Administrator, the County Attorney and two members of the County Board of Supervisors, representing different political parties, appointed by the Chairman of the Board. The Advisory Committee serves as a subject matter resource to the County Recorder in the areas of statutory compliance, operational efficiency, and public policy and provides input on election operations and initiatives.  The committee recently oversaw the recruitment, evaluation and interviewing of candidates for the Elections Director position, and will collaborate with the Recorder in any performance evaluation or disciplinary matters.

Ms. Fontes most recently served as the Voter Registration Director for the Maricopa County Recorder & Elections Office. Prior to that, Ms. Fontes oversaw the statewide voter registration system for the Arizona Secretary of State and has served as the Election Director for Apache County.

Mr. Fontes has maintained her Election Officer Certification since 1999 and has been a standing member of the Elections Officials of Arizona since 2005.  

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