Pima County has hired 237 people since it instituted a hiring freeze March 18.
According to figures from the county, 88 of those hires were for the Sheriff’s Department; 20 were for the Health Department; and 19 were in Regional Wastewater Reclamation. The rest were spread among 24 other county departments.
When the county instituted the freeze, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry left the door open to “critical need” hires, according to a spokesman.
He said the list includes “a few promotions,” but didn’t have an exact number, so not all are new employees to the county.
Former court administrator Lisa Royal, who resigned shortly after five of the eight justices of the peace in Consolidated Justice Court voted to recommend she be fired, is among those hired.
A county spokesman said Royal, former justice of the peace in Green Valley, was brought on to the Criminal Justice Reform unit “for her expertise in evictions.”
“The moratoriums will eventually end and we are working on initiatives that we hope will prevent crises in the courts and housing when they do,” county spokesman Mark Evans said.
Count of Filled
Regional Wastewater Reclamation
Natural Resources Park Rec
Public Defense Services
Pima Animal Care Center
Community Services, Employment & Training
Finance and Risk Management
Grants Management & Innovation
Public Works Administration
Analytics & Data Governance
Justice Court Tucson
Regional Flood Control District