PHOENIX — Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs has continued to fill her incoming administration with new staff and cabinet members ahead of Monday’s swearing-in.
Hobbs named four “key hires” on December 23: Jennifer Loredo and Director of Community Engagement; Rebecca Beebe as Legislative Director and Deputy Director of Public Affairs; Sophia Solis and Deputy Director of Communications; and Whitney Walker as Civil Rights Policy Advisor and Deputy Director of Policy.
The Democrat named her “health and human services cabinet members” on December 27: Carmen Heredia as Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Angie Rodgers as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Matthew Stewart as Director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, Theresa Cullen as Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, and Joan Serviss as Director of the Arizona Department of Housing.
She also named her “environmental and natural resources cabinet members” on December 28: Karen Peters as Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality; Tom Buschatzke as Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources; Cynthia Zwick as Director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office; Tom Torres as Director of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; Bob Broscheid as Director of Arizona State Parks and Trails; and Ty Gray as Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Finally, she named her “public safety cabinet members” on December 29: Dana Allmond as Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services; Kerry Muehlenbeck as Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs; Ben Henry as Director of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control; and Doug Sargent as Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.
Hobbs made several “key senior hires” earlier this month, including a Human Resources manager tasked with promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) throughout her administration, and named Assistant Secretary of State Allie Bones as chief of staff in November. Her transition team — comprised of “at least 9 members who built up Hobbs’s campaign war chest” — were tasked with identifying personnel for the administration.
The Democrat will be sworn into office on January 2. The inauguration — planned by Hobbs’s inaugural committee, “a roster that includes lobbyists and campaign donors” — is scheduled for January 5.
UPDATE (1/3/23): The day after her private swearing-in ceremony, Hobbs named Bo Dul as general counsel; Jason Chaves as tribal affairs director; Marisol Flores-Aguirre as southern Arizona director; and Tonya Hamilton as director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family.