Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)—Directors

The director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, opens a new window (DES) is appointed by the Governor. The DES was formed in 1973.

Name Date Appointed by
William J. Mayo 1/1973 – 3/1975 Governor Williams
James L. Scharnadan (Acting) 4/1975 – 5/1975 Governor Castro
Henry G. Diaz (Acting) 5/1975 – 6/1975 Governor Castro
John L. Huerta 7/1975 – 11/1977 Governor Castro
Edward D. Crowley (Acting) 11/1977 – 05/1978 Governor Bolin
Bill Jamieson, Jr. 5/1978 – 12/1982 Governor Babbitt
Donald B. Mathis (acting) 12/1982 to 2/1983 Governor Babbitt
Douglas X. Patino 2/1983 to 1/1987 Governor Babbitt
Edd Brown 1/1987 to 3/1989 Governor Mecham
Bill Jamieson, Jr. (acting) 3/1989 to 5/1989 Governor  Mofford
Robert W. Harmon (acting) 6/1989 to 7/1989 Governor Mofford
Linda Moore-Cannon 7/1989 to 2/1992 Governor Mofford
David Lowenberg (acting) 2/1992 to 8/1992 Governor Symington
Linda J. Blessing (acting) 8/1992 to 9/1992 Governor Symington
Charles E. Cowan 9/1992 to 8/1993 Governor Symington
Linda J. Blessing 8/1993 to 5/1999 Governor Symington
John L. Clayton 5/1999 to 3/2003 Governor Napolitano
William Bell (acting) 3/2003 to 8/2003 Governor Napolitano
David Berns 8/2003 to 6/2006 Governor Napolitano
Tracy L. Wareing 6/2006 to 1/2009 Governor Napolitano
Linda Blessing (interim) 1/2009 to 5/4/2009 Governor Brewer
Neal Young 5/4/2009 to 1/14/2011 Governor Brewer
Clarence H. Carter 2/09/2011 to 1/09/2015 Governor Brewer
Jim Hillyard (interim) 1/9/2015 to 3/2/2015 Governor Ducey
Timothy Jeffries 3/2/2015 to 11/23/2016 Governor Ducey
Henry Darwin (interim) 11/23/2016 to c. 5/24/17 Governor Ducey
Michael "Mike" Trailor c. 5/24/17 to 10/18/19 Governor Ducey
Dr. Cara Christ (interim) 10/18/19 to 3/20/20 Governor Ducey
Tom Betlach (temporary assignment) 3/20/20 to 6/3/20 Governor Ducey
Michael Wisehart 6/3/20 to present Governor Ducey

Sources:

"Governor Ducey Announces Michael Wisehart As Director Of The Arizona Department Of Economic Security." Office of Governor Doug Ducey. May 28, 2020.

"Governor Ducey Announces Tom Betlach to Lead DES." Office of Governor Doug Ducey. March 20, 2020.

"Governor’s Office Announces Organizational Changes For The Department of Economic Security." Office of Governor Doug Ducey. September 26, 2019.

"Governor Ducey Appoints New Director Of The Arizona Department of Economic Security." Office of Governor Doug Ducey. May 24, 2017.

"Ducey names new Department of Economic Security director." Desert Sun. May 24, 2017.

"Governor Doug Ducey Announces Director of the Department of Economic Security, opens a new window." Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. February 18, 2016.

"Social-service agency chief resigns as Ducey takes office, opens a new window." The Arizona Republic. January 6, 2016.

"Ducey appoints Jim Hillyard new director of DES." KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix. January 23, 2015.

Fax from the Arizona Department of Economic Security 03/12/2003—Updated by Pima County Public Library reference staff.

Arizona Department of Economic Security | About DES | des.az.gov/des-directors-bio, opens a new window


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