April is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the various services provided to the community.
This Year’s Theme is “Connecting the Unconnected”
Healthy, vibrant and safe counties across the United States.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Through NACo, county officials:
- Advocate with a collective voice on national policy
- Exchange ideas and build new leadership skills
- Pursue transformational, cost-effective solutions
- Enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and
- Exercise exemplary leadership in public service.
In December of 2016 we finished with our Legacy Project. We are very proud of this project because it allowed us to share our services with our citizens and educate them on the many beneficial programs that we provide. We were also honored to be recognized by the Arizona Association of Counties for winning the 2016 Summit Award in Civic Engagement & Public Information for the Cochise County Legacy Project.
Please stop by our website to each department’s individual Legacy!
Some fun facts about Cochise County
When Cochise County was established in 1881, it was initially spelled “Cachise”.
At the time of the county’s creation, the nationally known “Pathfinder” John C. Fremont was Territorial Governor.
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were registered voters in 1881 Tombstone.
Cochise County is the only Arizona County named after a Native American.
Although Cochise County was named in honor of a Native American, Cochise County has no Reservation.
Arizona's first Congresswoman, Isabella Greenway, formerly lived in Cochise County's Warren Townsite, now part of the City of Bisbee.
Fast Facts about Cochise County
Board of Supervisors’ Office
How many Board, Special Board, Special Districts Meetings and Work Sessions were there last year? 103
How many liquor licenses applications were processes last year? 24
How many parcels were sold last year in the tax deed land auction? 160
How many resolutions were adopted by the Board last year? 24
How many proclamations were approved by the Board last year? 9
How many toilet rebate applications were processed by the Board Office last year? 103
Cochise County Attorney’s Office—Civil Division
- In 2017 the County Attorney Civil Division represented 62 adoptive parents in helping them successfully adopt a child. We do this at no charge.
- In 2017 the County received 315 public records requests, most of them handled by the Public Records Request Coordinator in the County Attorney’s Office.
- The Cochise County Attorney is the only County Attorney’s Office in Arizona that represents a municipality (Bisbee) as well as the County.
- The Cochise County Attorney is the only County Attorney’s Office in Arizona that represents a College as well as the County
- The County Attorney Civil Division represents mental health agencies in psychiatric commitments. Last year we filed 155 cases, versus 79 the year before.
Cochise County Library District
Visits to rural library branches in 2017: 28,139
Volunteer hours at rural library branches in 2017: 2,671
Items checked out through the Library District and rural branches in 2017: 55,994
Physical items checked out countywide in 2017: 569,444
Digital items checked out in 2017: 26,617
Cochise County Attorney’s Office
Cases filed fiscal year 2016-17
Civil traffic offenses – 12,477
Misdemeanors – 19
Felonies – 418
Search warrants – 457
Cochise County Facilities Department
Facilities supplies water to the State prison, Douglas, for 2,700 inmates and staff, pumping about 300,000 gallons of water per day.
Facilities services 22 emergency generators located in some very rural locations, but essential for the Sheriff’s Dept. 911 service and maintain power to our buildings.
Facilities maintains 240 HVAC units countywide.
Facilities supports Bisbee, Douglas, and Cochise County (Willcox) airports, kits fuel systems and runways.
Facilities uses inmate labor for general maintenance of County facilities, which helps train the inmate population and transition them back into the real world.
- Fleet Services maintains a total of 636 vehicles and equipment for 32 county departments.
- FY 17/18 projected total miles driven on fleet vehicles = 4,998,890 miles.
- FY 17/18 projected total gasoline used in fleet vehicles = 352,000 gallons.
- FY 17/18 projected total hours fleet heavy equipment use = 73,296 hours.
- FY 17/18 projected total diesel fuel used in fleet equipment = 369,581 gallons.
Office of Indigent Defense Coordinator
The Office of the Indigent Defense Coordinator (IDC) assigns attorneys in all cases where a person is constitutionally entitled to an attorney and the court has determined that they are indigent and cannot afford to hire one. These cases include criminal cases, juvenile delinquency and dependency cases, and mental health commitment cases. Cases are referred to IDC by the Cochise County Superior Court and all six Justice Courts.
In fiscal year 2016/2017, IDC assigned 3,208 cases to the Public Defender, Legal Defender or IDC Attorneys. The Public Defender and Legal Defender are County Departments, and IDC Attorneys are private attorneys who have agreed to provide legal services at a contracted rate and submit their bills to IDC for review and payment.
IDC Attorneys are assigned to cases that the Public Defender or the Legal Defender cannot accept due to ethical conflicts of interest or existing workload capacity.
What’s the difference between the Public Defender and the Legal Defender? Both offices provide the same services. The Legal Defender’s office was established to handle cases that the Public Defender couldn’t handle due to conflicts of interest or workload capacity.