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Former special counsel to rejoin Attorney General’s Office

Tim Nelson will return to a familiar setting next month as he assumes the role of chief deputy attorney general for Attorney General Terry Goddard’s Office.

Nelson, the Democratic candidate for Maricopa County attorney in 2008, served from 2000-2003 as special counsel to then-Attorney General Janet Napolitano. During that time, he acted as the state’s lead negotiator in the landmark $217-million settlement with Arthur Andersen in the Baptist Foundation investment scandal.

“His great expertise in the complicated legal matters faced by the state will ensure that my office continues to provide the highest quality legal representation to our client agencies and the state of Arizona,” Goddard stated in a press release.

Nelson, who works as senior counsel to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, will oversee the office’s legal divisions, including criminal prosecutions, consumer fraud litigation and counsel to state agencies.

Nelson earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from George Washington University.

Nelson will succeed Terri Skladany, who is retiring from the office on June 30 after nearly 21 years of service.

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