Heather Murphy joined the Pinal County staff in September 2007 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Previously, she served nearly eight years managing communications for the Arizona Corporation Commission, a state regulatory agency. Her professional career has involved work with corporations, non-profits and government. She holds several professional certifications in emergency response and recovery. Following Hurricane Katrina, she took a brief leave of absence from the state to assist FEMA and the state of Louisiana with the launch of the Find Family National Call Center. There she gained valuable real-world crisis communications experience. Murphy is a graduate of the national Emergency Management Institute’s Advanced Public Information Officer training and is certified instructor for the basic PIO course offered by the Arizona Division of Emergency Management. In her leisure time, she is an avid photographer and serves on the board of a statewide pet rescue organization.
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“Today my office became aware of an incident that occurred last night in San Tan Heights. Neighbors reported what appeared to be raw sewage in the water features outside the residential community. I am concerned about this issue and have spoken directly with Johnson Utilities in an effort to learn more. The utility company has assured me that raw sewage was not released and they are working with state environmental officials to resolve the problem.
The Pinal County Library District is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio for Libraries, an online newsstand offering access to thousands of magazines and news publications.“This is the next exciting evolution in bringing the library to your living room,” said Denise Keller, Pinal County Library District Director. “With this new service, you can access 180 complete digital magazines that can be easily viewed on any internet-enabled device inside or outside the library.”
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved County Recorder Virginia Ross’ plan to reorganize the Recorder’s office to further streamline voter registration and elections operations.
The biggest change will be hiring of an Elections Technology Manager to replace the previous Elections Director, who resigned to take another job in Pinal County government. The reorganization plan saves the county over $39,000.
Starting April 2, Pinal County Air Quality will only issue 3-day open burning permits. All permits will expire by May 1 and Pinal County will suspend the issuance of open burning permits on April 26.Burn permits allow for the disposal of plant material by open burning during limited daytime hours.
Campfires, bonfires and fire pits are a central part of fellowship at campsites. Unfortunately due to the extreme fire risk from repeated years of drought, they are currently banned in unincorporated areas of Pinal County.“In the past, several Arizona counties have experienced significant forest fires that have stretched not only Arizona’s local emergency responders to the limit but also required significant state and federal resources to respond to the emergency,” said Pinal County Emergency Manager Lou Miranda.