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Published on June 19, 2024
Maricopa County Welcomes Blanca Caballero and Zach Schira as New Assistant County ManagersSource: Google Street View

Maricopa County is boosting its executive ranks, introducing Blanca Caballero and Zach Schira as its new Assistant County Managers. Caballero, the former Director of Environmental Services, has steadily worked her way up since she started in 2008. She's taking the reins on Administrative and Community Services, building on her varied experiences, including her time as Ombudsman and Public Health Liaison where she navigated the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her background with the Arizona Department of Health Services appears to have poised her to lead six county departments effectively.

In a parallel upward trajectory, Schira has been tasked to strategically oversee Elections and External Affairs. He has not only just been promoted from Executive Director after joining last summer, but also was instrumental in setting up a new Information Governance Department and bolstering the citizens’ Public Funding Safety committee. His promotion follows a tenure as chief of staff for District 3 Supervisor Bill Gates and a recent nod from Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” marking him as among the region’s most promising young leaders.

County Manager Jen Pokorski praised the promotions, highlighting the career growth Maricopa County supports. She told Maricopa County News, “Maricopa County is a place where you can grow your career. Blanca and Zach are two great examples of that. They both started in entry level positions, Blanca in food safety and Zach answering constituent calls in Supervisor Gates’ office. I’m fortunate to be able to promote and collaborate with these two thoughtful, energetic, and community-focused leaders.”

The new Assistant County Managers are joining forces with existing executives Darcy Kober and Marcy Flanagan, as they prepare to bid adieu to Valerie Beckett. Beckett, a devoted public servant of thirty years is set to retire on July 1. With her departure, Caballero and Schira are positioned to steer their respective departments through what shall surely be both challenging and transformative times ahead for Maricopa County.