Department Descriptions

 

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  • Animal Control FacilityGraham County Animal Control handles the various issues with animals such as at large dogs, barking dogs, dog bites.  The applicable animal ordinances in your area may vary.  The Animal Shelter also adopts out dogs and cats as well as sends them to various animal rescues.  Animal traps can be placed to catch stray dogs; however, traps for cats can only be placed by Animal Control Officers in Thatcher.  Animal traps can be rented from the Animal Shelter for a small fee.   
  • AssessorThe Graham County Assessor’s Office has the responsibility to locate, identify and value all locally assessable property, maintain ownership records and property assessment maps.  The Assessor’s Office also processes widow, widower & disability exemptions as well as Senior Property Valuation Protection applications.
  • AttorneyThe Graham County Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of felony cases occurring in Graham County and misdemeanor cases occurring outside of town and city limits.  The County Attorney’s Office also prosecutes all cases involving juvenile offenders.  Our office administers a bad check program aimed at reducing bad check writing and enforcing the bad check laws.
    • Victim Witness-The Graham County Victim Witness Office was established to assist victims of crime in a timely, efficient and compassionate manner.  Our Victim Advocates assist victims in understanding, protecting and exercising their rights as they recover from the effect of crimes and as they proceed through the justice system.  Victim Advocates assists victims in receiving counseling, social services and proper compensation.
  • Board of Supervisors
  • Courts/Judicial
    • Superior CourtThe superior court is the state’s general jurisdiction court.  It is a single entity with locations in each county.
    • Clerk of the Superior CourtHandles numerous judicial functions such as probate of wills, adoptions, name changes, estate proceedings, foreclosures and many other civil hearings.  Supervisors the jury service system, receives funds collected from fines, traffic citations and other court related activity.
    • Justice of the Peace #1Duties include civil lawsuits where the amount in dispute is $10,000 or less, landlord and tenant controversies, small claims cases and the full range of civil and criminal traffic offenses, including DUIs.  Justices of the peace also resolve other types of misdemeanor allegations (e.g. shoplifting, writing bad checks, violating restraining orders) and, like other trial judges, also handle request for orders of protection and injunctions against harassment.
    • Justice of the Peace #2Handles cases that occur west of the center-line of 20th Ave in Safford.  This includes parts of Safford, Thatcher, Daley Estate, Central, Pima, Ft. Grant, Ft. Thomas, Bylas, and the surrounding county areas. Cases are filed in court #1 or #2 depending on which side of this line they occur.  Justice courts are limited in jurisdiction, meaning they cannot hear cases in juvenile matters, property title, divorce, felony, or the more serious civil cases (all reserved for Superior Court).
    • ProbationThe primary goal of Probation is to keep communities safe and to provide probationers with the rehabilitation tools they need to live a safe, productive, and law-abiding life.
    • CASAThe Graham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) Program promotes and supports community-based volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in juvenile dependency cases.
  • Eastern Arizona Regional Juvenile Detention FacilityThe Eastern Arizona Regional Juvenile Detention Facility provides Law Enforcement agencies and the community a safe and secure facility to place troubled youth, which will support the juvenile’s physical, emotional, educational and social development.  We serve the communities of Graham/Greenlee Counties and have juvenile contracts with the Bureau of Prisons and the US Marshal’s Office.
  • ElectionsThe Graham County Election Department is responsible for conducting federal, state and local elections pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes.  The department also provides contract election services to cities, towns, and school districts, special districts and the Community College District.
  • Emergency Management-Provides professional emergency management services that include: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery activities.
  • EngineerIssues Utility Cut Permit/Right of Way Encroachment Permits for work along County maintained roadways in coordination with the County Highway Department.  Consults with the Board of Supervisors concerning County road improvements. Issues flood plain permits for construction in FEMA flood hazard area and Drainage Clearances for areas of flood risk. Consults with Planning and Zoning Department and Health Department on drainage issues in new construction.  Administer County Cemeteries: Ashurst, Bryce, Graham and Hubbard. This includes purchase of grave plots and processing interment notifications.
  • Health
    • Emergency Preparednessprepares state agencies and local emergency management organizations to prevent, respond to, recover from and mitigate against disasters through planning, training and exercise activities.
    • Environmental Health ServicesInspects and evaluates the environment, equipment and processes in working areas to ensure compliance with government safety regulations and industry standards. 
    • Public FiduciaryProvides guardianship, conservatorship, decedent services and court ordered investigators for vulnerable adults to ensure that their estates and well-being is protected.
    • Public Health-NursingPromotes and protects the health of populations using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences.
    • Vital RecordsThe Office of Vital Records is located within the Public Fiduciary’s Office and is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including birth, death and fetal death certificates.
    • WICWomen, Infants & Children (W.I.C.)-Eligible participants have access to a number of resources, including food, health screening, nutrition and breastfeeding counseling, immunization screening and referral, substance abuse referral, and more.
    • Voices of the Community
  • Highway
  • Information TechnologyThe IT Department maintains the County’s primary computer system.  The IT staff also provides assistance and support in the use of technology to all County Departments so that they may provide service to the public quickly and efficiently.
    • G.I.S.“G.I.S.” stands for Geographical Information Systems and is the engine behind your online maps. G.I.S. utilizes data to provide an endless array of visual analysis in the form of interactive online maps (like Google), printed maps and reports.
  • Parks and Fair
  • Planning and ZoningThe purpose of the Planning & Zoning Department is to be a customer service department in the following six ways: (1) To assist the Board of Supervisors with land use planning, (2) To be both proactive and reactive to proper zoning of a land use, (3) Create and enforce ordinances as public guidelines to ensure land use is equitable for all, (4) Issue building permits ensuring that proper construction and safety standards are adhered to, (5) Issue mobile home installation permits to ensure state standards are followed, and (6) Address citizen complaints with regard to any of the above. 
  • RecorderThe County Recorder’s Office is responsible for the recording of real property records, voter registration and early balloting.
  • School SuperintendentThe Graham County School Office is responsible for maintaining home school records. The office also processes payroll and expenses, revenue distributions and monthly reconciliations for nine county school districts, and monitors all county school districts’ budgets, prepares and coordinates school override and bond election materials for county voters.  The County School Superintendent appoints school district governing board members when there is a vacancy, oversees secure care education, conducts the County Spelling Bee and chairs the Dan Hinton Consortium. The office is an Education Service Agency, providing hundreds of hours of professional development for Graham County educators.
  • SheriffTo uphold and maintain all federal, state and local laws.  Effectively carries out all laws and maintains prisoner population.
  • TreasurerThe Graham County Treasurer’s Office collects property taxes on behalf of all nineteen taxing authorities in Graham County.  They are also the fiduciary agent for these taxing authorities.

Serving Graham County Since 1881