Cochise County Announces New County Administrator

The Cochise County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Ed Gilligan as the new County Administrator effective February 28, 2017.    Mr. Gilligan previously served as Deputy County Administrator under Jim Vlahovich, County Administrator, since 2015.  Prior to that appointment, he served as the Cochise County Chief Adult Probation Officer and the Juvenile Court Services Director.  Mr. Gilligan has been with the county for nearly four years.


“When we learned Jim would be retiring in June, after 29 years of service, it was important to hire a new administrator to lead us through the budget process for next year” stated Ann English, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  She went on to say, “Ed was an obvious choice because of his work with Jim, his familiarity with the county processes and his great work ethic.  It will take all of us working together, with Ed leading us, to continue being recognized as one of the most efficient, effective, creative counties in the State of Arizona.”


Mr. Gilligan brings over 15 years of successful management and administrative experience to his new position.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Management and Executive Leadership from The American College.   Mr. Gilligan said, “Jim put me in a position to succeed when he hired me to be his Deputy.  I am grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to work under his leadership, and I look forward to rewarding the Board’s confidence in my ability with many years of hard work and strong ethical leadership in my new role as County Administrator.” 


The County Administrator manages the day-to-day operations of the County; implements policies and programs approved by the Board of Supervisors; acts as a liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the external departments (i.e. Judicial System, Treasurer, Assessor, etc.) and has direct supervision over the internal departments (i.e. Finance, Information Technology, Elections, etc.) One of the main functions of the County Administrator is to develop and implement a $186 million budget.