In an effort to transition this office from a criminal plea bargain office and follow the constitutional statutory requirements for County Attorney, the Pinal County Attorney, Lando Voyles, decided the office will be pursuing the transfer of our child support enforcement activities to the State of Arizona. The County Attorney’s statutory requirements are essentially to defend actions brought against the county, advice county officers, and prosecute actions on behalf of the county. Because Arizona law allows either the State Attorney General or County Attorney, on behalf of the state, to initiate an action or intervene in an action to establish, modify or enforce an order of child support this function can, therefore, be pursued by the Attorney General through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).
The Pinal County Attorney’s Office is in discussions with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to explore the possible transfer of child support enforcement services. Pinal County is one of the last four Counties in the state that has not transferred this function to the state. DES will be offering job placement preferences to those employees who wish to make the transition to their staff. These discussions have indicated the state can perform these functions more efficiently and more cost effectively without compromising services to the public.
Approximately 2.7 million dollars in state, federal and county funding is utilized, annually, to perform this service. This will save the Pinal County tax payers from having to contribute their portion out of the County’s general fund. Both the County Attorney and DES are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible to minimize the impact to our customers and employees as we make this transition.
Mr. Voyles hopes to allow DES to use the same location to provide convenient, continues and uninterrupted service. Mr. Voyles is thankful for the services provided by the current child support staff and know that they will continue to provide an outstanding service to our Pinal families.