Highlighting Cochise County Accomplishments, During National County Government Month
BISBEE, Ariz. (April 21, 2021) – The month of April celebrates National County Government Month (NCGM), and the National Association of Counties (NACo) has named this year’s theme to be “Counties Matter.” The celebration provides an opportunity for Cochise County to recognize some of the valuable services and initiatives created for community members, and to elevate awareness around the programs and resources available to county residents.
On April 6, 2021, during a regular board meeting, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation to declare April 2021 as “National County Government Month.” April 15th also celebrated National County Health Day, where Cochise Health and Social Services was
recognized for their front-line efforts in keeping our communities safe, healthy, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, Cochise County departments continued their efforts in providing county residents with quality service and resources, for overall community benefit. To showcase their efforts, we share some accomplishments and information from various Cochise County departments. A few department highlights from the past year include:
Cochise County Library District
- The Cochise County Library District joined a lending agreement with several other Arizona libraries, offering readers access to more than 150,000 additional digital titles.
- In 2020, residents checked out a total of 267,204 traditional books and library materials, and 68,823 eBooks and downloadable audiobooks – a 70 percent increase from the previous year.
- The rural branch libraries in Bowie, Elfrida, Portal, Sunizona, and Sunsites provided 23,695 computer and wi-fi sessions to residents.
- Young readers who participated in the 2020 summer reading programs at the rural branches, logged more than 2,400 hours of reading in June and July.
- The libraries distributed more than 800 free books to help young readers build their home libraries.
Cochise County Elections
- In 2020, the elections department conducted five separate elections including a Presidential Election, the largest in Cochise County history.
- The elections were conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, without any negative impact to voters or the election process.
- Within the five elections, elections were conducted for over 82,000 registered voters, with a turnout of 74 percent. 80 percent of those voters chose to vote early, either by mail or in-person.
Cochise County Engineering & Natural Resources
- The engineering department completed and announced the opening of the Palominas Multi-Use Trail. The 2-mile path is open to residents and visitors in the Hereford area, for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
- The engineering department upgraded the pavement on Fort Grant Road last spring.
Cochise County Human Resources
- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the human resources (HR) department remained fully operational and staffed.
- Due to COVID-19 impact, HR completed the revamp of new employee orientation.
- In conjunction with administration, HR created and conducted the first Supervisor 102 Training.
- In conjunction with the finance department, HR created and implemented First Families Coronavirus Response Act Process.
- In conjunction with the I.T. department, HR tested and completed the ADP-NEOGOV API Connection.
- HR created and implemented a telecommuting agreement between departments and employees, per the Cochise County Strategic Plan.
- HR implemented ADA and FMLA processes for Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
Cochise County Risk Management & Safety
- The risk management and safety department established a partnership with Cochise County Public Works department and the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), on the Public Entities Partnership Program (PEPP), to help improve and enhance current safety and health practices at all levels within the county.
- The three-year agreement will implement various injury and illness prevention measures to enhance safety across the functional areas of public works.
Additionally, Cochise County continues to be a sponsor of the Cochise County Fair Association. The annual fair event brings the largest opportunity for Cochise County residents and businesses to showcase, promote and sell their unique products and services to county-wide residents and out of town visitors. Cochise County has supported and been a sponsor of the Cochise County Fair Association since at least 2010.
To learn more information about Cochise County programs and resources, visit www.cochise.az.gov.