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Chris Camacho, former president and CEO of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation (GYEDC), has joined the Greater Phoenix Economic Council as vice president of business development..

During his three and a half year tenure, GYEDC helped with the location of 35 companies to Greater Yuma, representing the creation of over 3,500 new manufacturing and service jobs and $450 million in new capital investment. 

Prior to moving to Arizona in 2004, Camacho held positions with TheAlliance, a regional economic development organization in Greater St. Louis and also served as an economic development finance consultant for Madison County, Ill.

Camacho attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy.


Pink Jeep Tours, a northern Arizona-based adventure tour company headquartered in Sedona, has been recognized for its Site Host and R.O.C.K.S. Programs at the Honanki Heritage cliff dwelling and rock art site in Sedona. The company was named the winner in the Arizona Preservation category at the 2008 Governor's Tourism Awards.

The Site Host Program promotes good site etiquette at the Honanki Heritage site.  Pink Jeep Tours pays for the site host position, which is staffed seven days a week. The company's complimentary Off-Road Learning Program-called R.O.C.K.S. (Reinforcing Our Children's Knowledge of Sedona)-is a cultural excursion that takes the students to the Honanki heritage site in the company's pink Jeeps.

The award is presented to the individual, organization or community that has made the most significant contribution toward the preservation of some aspect of the natural, cultural or aesthetic legacy of Arizona.


Ann A. Scott Timmer, was recently elected chief judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Her one-year term began July 1. Timmer, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals by former Gov. Jane Dee Hull in 2000, said she is looking forward to the challenge of managing and continuing to improve the efficiency and quality of the court during Arizona's economic downturn.

Before joining the court, Timmer practiced law at private firms in Phoenix, focusing primarily on commercial and employment litigation, and appearing before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative tribunals.

Timmer is a board member of the Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association. She was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to its Capital Case Task Force, to CourTools, a court-assessment program, and to the Commission on Minorities, and she also serves as vice chair of COJET, the Committee on Judicial Education and Training.

Timmer is a 1985 graduate of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.


The following five Maricopa County government officials have recently been chosen to serve in leadership positions for various professional associations:

Marcus Reinkensmeyer, a Superior Court administrator, was sworn in as president of the National Association of Court Management (NACM) on July 17. During his one-year term, Reinkensmeyer will lead an international organization of court management professionals.  

Phillip Hanley, Superior Court human resources director, was chosen to serve a one-year term as president of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies (ALRA).

ALRA is a professional association that monitors the administration of labor-management relations laws and services.  As president, Hanley is responsible for appointing committee members and leading board meetings.

Hanley has spent the last 27 years working in human resources. 

Barbara Broderick, Maricopa County Probation chief since 2000, has been elected president of The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). She will serve a two-year-term as president-elect and will become president of the group in August 2009.

The APPA is an international organization composed of individuals from the United States and Canada who are actively involved in the disciplines of probation, parole and community corrections.

Broderick has been active in the APPA since 1980 when she was working as a New York State Division of Parole employee.

Don Stapley, Maricopa County District 2 supervisor, was named president of  The National Association of Counties (NACo) in July to serve a one-year term.

NACo, is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States,  assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. 

Supervisor Stapley was first elected to represent Maricopa County's 2nd District in 1993. He has been a member of the NACo Board of Directors since 2004.   

Michael Jeanes, clerk of the Superior Court, was elected president of The Arizona Association of Counties (AACo) in November 2007 to serve a one-year term.  As president of the AACo, Jeanes serves as a liaison to the Arizona Legislature, Congress, other governmental agencies, the media and the public.

The AACo is an organization whose membership consists of more than 200 county elected officials statewide and is dedicated to improving county government in the State of Arizona.  


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