Supervisor Clint Hickman Elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Clint Hickman Elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Vows to Fight Cost-shifting from the State

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Andrew Tucker, Communications Manager (602) 506-7232

Jan. 6, 2016 – PHOENIX, Ariz. – Maricopa County District Supervisor Clint Hickman was elected unanimously today as the new Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for 2016. Supervisor Hickman laid out a number of goals for the next year, chief among them was his pledge to put a stop to the State shifting costs to the County.

“When the Arizona economy collapsed in FY 2008, Maricopa County came to the table and worked with state leaders to help ease the burden for all Arizonans,” said Chairman Hickman. “We negotiated with both House and Senate leadership and helped the State dig out of a $3 billion deficit during a period of dire need. But that monetary support was never intended to be permanent.”

Since FY 2008, Maricopa County has felt the burden of more than $260 million in State shifted costs and cash payments. The State’s FY 2016 budget included a total ongoing cost shift of
$28 million and added several new shifts that require the County to pay for part of the operating budgets of State’s Departments of Juvenile Corrections and Revenue.

“We appreciate that the State faces budgetary challenges, but we cannot in good conscience continue to fund State business at the expense of our taxpayers without sacrificing critical functions such as public safety,” said Hickman.

Chairman Hickman plans to continue focusing on economic development of the region.

“To me, economic development means providing the basics, not subsidies. Our focus needs to be on local firms and local residents – the men and women who earn their wages and invest their money in Maricopa County.

Chairman Hickman also commended immediate past chair, District 2 Supervisor Steve Chucri, on a number of wins for the County during his term, including personnel reform. Hickman praised each of the Supervisors and County Manager Tom Manos for their innovation and continued dedication to the people of Maricopa County.

Hickman, a Republican, now leads the five-member board of four Republicans and one Democrat. On the board, he represents District 4, which serves Avondale, Buckeye, Circle City, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Morristown, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg, Wittmann, and Youngtown.

About Mr. Hickman
Clint Hickman, a fourth-generation Arizonan from one of the West Valley’s most prominent families and businesses, was appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors March 21, 2013. Hickman was elected in 2014 to finish out former Supervisor Max Wilson’s term. Hickman vowed to emulate Wilson’s integrity, decency and fairness – and to serve “as a real taxpayers’ friend.”

Hickman brings energy, enthusiasm and enormous business and community experience to public service. He is vice president of sales and marketing at Hickman’s Family Farms, Arizona’s largest egg producer, a West Valley landmark business that started in 1944 on Grandmom Nell’s backyard porch and 50 hens. Hickman Farms now houses four million hens.

Hickman has 25 years in the business. And other than four years at the University of Arizona, he has spent his entire life in the West Valley. Like his predecessor Max Wilson, Hickman comes to politics after long service in community affairs and charitable causes. He is a former Honorary Commander of the 69th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, a member of the Hunger Project, the Arizona and Maricopa County Farm Bureau and board member of the Arizona Food Marketing Association. He was appointed and served as one of the few civilian members on the Arizona Meth Project. Most recently Supervisor Hickman was elected President of the County Supervisor Association for 2015.

Hickman and his wife Jennifer have two sons and a daughter. They live in the city of Goodyear.

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