Opening soon

Pinal County officials cut the ribbon April 22 to celebrate a new county government complex off Bella Vista Road, east of Central Arizona College's San Tan Campus.

SAN TAN VALLEY — A new complex of Pinal County offices off Bella Vista Road east of Central Arizona College was designed to make government more accessible to the people it serves, County Manager Leo Lew told about 80 guests on Thursday morning.

Serving the people is what it’s about, County Supervisor Mike Goodman, R-San Tan Valley, told guests. “I never anticipated the blessings that would come into my life” when he was elected, he said. “If you’re someone who cares for people, you know what I’m talking about.”

Supervisors Chairman Steve Miller, R-Casa Grande, agreed. “One of the most rewarding things about being an elected official is helping an individual maneuver through the bureaucracy and get something done. This facility will give citizens far more access to their representatives. These facilities are well worth the time and the money.”

County Attorney Kent Volkmer noted the complex includes a Family Advocacy Center serving the county’s most vulnerable crime victims, in the first building built for this purpose.

The new complex is almost ready to serve the public after groundbreaking just over a year ago, Goodman said. Offices will begin opening to the public in May.

Work is continuing on the south building, which includes the public library and the Family Advocacy Center. The south building is expected to be completed in May, and the library could open in June.

Goodman also expressed appreciation to county staff. “We still have a long road ahead of us, but we can’t forget where we’ve been and where we are today.”

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.