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The Bennett Administration 2011-2012

Biography - Ken Bennett (Rep.)

Ken Bennett was appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to replace her as secretary of state, and took the oath of office on Jan. 26, 2009.

The statewide office is the newest chapter in a record of public service that spans 25 years. It's also the latest distinction for Bennett – an Arizona native and small-business owner.

Bennett began his legislative career in 1998 when he was elected to represent the residents of Legislative District 1. He served four terms in the state Senate – from 1999 to 2007 – and served as Senate president his final four years before being term-limited from office.

Earlier, in 2007, Bennett received the Polly Rosenbaum Award from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records in recognition of his support for the State Library's mission to preserve Arizona history and ensure access to state information and records. He served as Republican Floor Leader in 2002, and was chairman of the Senate Education Committee in 2001 and 2002.

Prior to joining the Legislature, Bennett was a member of the Arizona State Board of Education for seven years. He was president of the board in 1996 and 1998. Bennett also served on the Arizona Charter Schools Board for three years, and was a founding member of the Education Leaders Council in Washington, D.C.

Bennett's career in public service began in 1985 with his election to the Prescott City Council. He completed a four-year term, and was named mayor pro-tempore in 1988.

After leaving the Legislature, Bennett re-entered the private sector to work with companies in the development of alternative energy sources and energy-efficient building technologies. Currently, he is chairman of the board of directors for Prescott-based Global Building Systems, Inc., and Energy Tech America. He also is a member of the board of directors for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Western Regional Medical Center, in Goodyear). Bennett was CEO of Bennett Oil Company, a family fuel-distribution business, from 1985 to 2006. He continues on its board of directors.

A fan of sports and music, Bennett also is active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From 1978 to 1980, he was an LDS missionary in southern Japan. Bennett is an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with an accounting degree.

Bennett was born in Tucson in 1959, now resides in Gilbert with his wife, Jeanne Tenney Bennett. They have three grown children – Ryan, Dana and Clif – and two grandsons.

Biography - updated January 6, 2012

Contact Information

The Secretary of State's Office is located in the Executive Tower at the State Capitol.

The mailing address is:
The Honorable Ken Bennett
Secretary of State
1700 W. Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Telephone (602) 542-4285
Fax (602) 542-1575

Walk-in service for Business-related filings:

Customer Service Capitol Executive Tower, 1st Floor
1700 W. Washington Street, Ste. 103
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Secretary of State Tucson Satellite Office:
Arizona State Complex Building
400 W. Congress, 2nd Floor, Room 252
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Director's Office/Accouting/Tech Services
1700 W. Washington Street, Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-4035
Fax: (602) 256-7983

Braille and Talking Book Library Division
1030 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 255-5578
Fax: (602) 286-0444
Toll Free1-800-255-5578 (Arizona only)

History and Archives Division
1901 W. Madison
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: (602) 926-3720
Fax: (602) 256-7982
Toll Free1-800-228-4710

Law and Research Library Division - General Information
1700 W. Washington Street, Ste. 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3870
Fax: (602) 256-7984
Toll Free1-800-228-4710

Law and Research Library Division - Legal Information
1700 W. Washington Ste. 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3948
Fax: (602) 256-7984
Toll Free1-800-228-4710 (Arizona only)

Library Development Division
1101 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3604
Fax: (602) 256-7995

Library Development Division - The Carnegie Center
1101 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3604
Fax: (602) 256-7995
Toll Free1-800-255-5841

Museum Division
1700 W. Washington Street, 1st Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 926-3620
Fax: (602) 256-7985

Records Management Division
1919 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: (602) 926-3815
Fax: (602) 256-2838

Key Staff & Office Divisions


Administration provides leadership, guidance and support to all other office divisions. The support includes the management of computer information systems, budget and fiscal operations, and human resources.

Jim Drake
Jim Drake
Assistant Secretary of State

Mr. Drake is responsible for day-to-day office operations. His duties include preparation of the office budget; is in charge of human resource issues; and handles legislative duties.

Matt Roberts
Matthew Roberts
Director of Communications

Mr. Roberts is the newest member of the administration team. He joined the office in 2011 and is the liaison between the media and the office. His primary responsibilities are preparing press releases and media advisories.

Bill Maaske
Bill Maaske
Chief Information Officer

Mr. Maaske is responsible for the Secretary of State's computer network; the Secretary of State website; phones and electronic communications and maintenance of office electronics.

Sandy Reilly
Sandy Reilly
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Reilly supports the Secretary of State's office with human resource duties. She maintains financial accounts, payroll, and procurement of office goods and services.

Election Services

Election Services staff:

  • Provides information on how to register to vote
  • Helps Arizonans find a polling location
  • Provides contact information and addresses for county recorders or county elections directors
  • Provides information on how to run for public office
  • Provides information on how to get an initiative or referenda on the ballot, including signature requirements
  • Files an initiative or referenda for the ballot
  • Files arguments submitted for or against propositions


Amy Chan
Amy Chan

Ms. Chan is responsible for division operations; human resources; planning and operations.

Kris Kingsmore
Kris Kingsmore
Assistant Director

Ms. Kingsmore is responsible for daily division operations.

Gina Roberts
Gina Roberts
Office Manager

Ms. Roberts is tasked with procurement, supplies and management of staff.

Business Services

Business Services helps customers to register:

  • trade names, trademarks,
  • limited partnerships,
  • limited liability partnerships,
  • limited liability limited partnerships,
  • charities,
  • telephone solicitors,
  • contracted fund-raisers,
  • athlete agents,
  • advance directives, and
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) financing statements.

Business Services also:

  • Commissions Arizona Notaries Public, and
  • Issues apostilles and certificates, and certifies notarizations, rules, and law.

Business Services supports the timely retrieval of filings at the request of the public.


Joann Arellano
Joann Arellano

Ms. Arellano is responsible for division operations, strategic planning, human resources, administrative rules and legislative proposals for changes to Arizona law.

Public Services Services

Public Services staff:

  • Publishes the rules of state's agencies, boards and commissions
  • Chapters and prints legislative bills
  • Publishes documents and statutorily mandated publications
  • Processes the mail for all Secretary of State divisions
  • Helps to prepare and publishes documents for all Secretary of State office divisions
  • Supports all divisions with special projects
  • Supports the chief information officer with the maintenance of the Web site, including the posting of publications, chaptered bills, press releases, graphics and photos.
  • Prepares and publishes the Arizona Blue Book


Scott Cancelosi
Scott Cancelosi

Mr. Cancelosi is responsible for division operations and human resources; and the planning and the implementation of division improvements, and records retention management.

He is also responsible for secretary of state special projects, and supports other divisions with its publication design needs, graphic design, photography and video production.

He provides website support and posts the office publications to the Web.

Scott has more than 16 years experience in the editing of the state's administrative rules and has been project manager for such publications as the Annual Report, Arizona Blue Book and the state's election Publicity Pamphlet.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Director's Office

Janet Fisher
Janet Fisher
Acting State Librarian & Director

Ms. Fisher received her Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Master's in Public Administration from Arizona State University. She has worked in public libraries in Indiana and Texas and came to the agency in 1985 as Head of the Documents and Maps Section. Ms. Fisher became Assistant Director of the Research Division in 1991 and Director in 1998. She became Director of the Law and Research Library Division in 2001.

Ms. Fisher has been active in the Arizona Library Association (AzLA) and American Library Association (ALA). She received the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award from the ALA/Government Documents Round Table in 1998. Ms. Fisher also served on the Depository Library Council to the U.S. Public Printer from 1989-92, chairing that advisory council in 1992.


Joan Clark
Joan Clark
Deputy Director

The Deputy Director of Operations and Planning for the Arizona State Library, Archives supports the Agency Director in managing agency initiatives, guiding agency resources to achieve objectives, and aligning resources to address changing priorities.

Previously Ms. Clark served as program manager for implementation, development and delivery of the three-year Arizona Equal Access Libraries Initiative. Working within the Library Development Division, Ms. Clark successfully motivated public and tribal library staff to initiate programs and services focused on consumer health, lifelong learning and youth services.

Prior to joining the Arizona State Library, Ms. Clark had extensive marketing and management experience with AT&T Corporation. She has held leadership positions in business research, corporate training, marketing and strategic planning, in addition to representing AT&T as a liaison to industry associations.

Ms. Clark led numerous business marketing programs for AT&T including a customer advisory council, a sports marketing program and an executive client briefing program for top tier business clients. She launched an award-winning e-commerce website and a successful sales support intranet.

Under the umbrella of the AT&T Foundation, Ms. Clark developed market entry plans for a parent/school messaging service as part of the AT&T Learning Network. She also collaborated on the design and implementation of the AT&T Teachers and Technology Institute, a summer enrichment program for K-12 teachers.

As a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow, Ms. Clark served on the legislative staff of U.S. Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson. She guided federal legislation in the areas of public housing, childcare, women's issues and funding for the arts.

A native of New Jersey, Ms. Clark's career began there as a public school teacher. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and she holds a Masters of Library Science degree from Rutgers University.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ History and Archives

Melanie Sturgeon
Melanie Sturgeon

Ms. Sturgeon is responsible for division operations, strategic planning, human resources, and oversees all Archives' collections.

She has a Masters of Arts in Public History and a Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University. She came to the agency in 1996 as the Deputy State Archivist and became the Director of the History and Archives Division in 2001.

Ms. Sturgeon has served as the President of the Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA), the Coordinating Committee for History in Arizona (CCHA), the Arizona Paper and Photographic Conservation Group (APPCG) and the Conference of Intermountain Archivists (CIMA). She received the SOHA Service Award in 2003 and in 2007 Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano recognized Melanie for her excellent service as a state employee.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Braille and Talking Book Library

Linda Montgomery
Linda Montgomery

Ms. Montgomery is responsible for planning and operations of the library. She has been director since 1993 and has been with the library since 1985.

She began her library career at the Daly City Public Library, California, in children’s services from 1975-1977. She worked at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, 1978-1984 where she also received her Master of Library Science Degree. In 1985 she joined the staff of the Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library. She served first as Special Services Librarian, then as Assistant Director, and was appointed Director in 1993.

She has a Master of Library Science Degree from the University of South Carolina and BA and teacher certification from California State University, Stanislaus.


Ron Bryant
Ron Bryant
Assistant Director

Mr. Bryant is responsible for daily operations.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Law and Research Library

The Division supports the work of the Arizona Legislature as well as the Executive and Judicial branches of government in Arizona. The staff of the Law and Research Library provide access to several collections. The Library's Law Collection is the primary legal resource for the Legislature, courts and Arizona state agencies with historical collections of Arizona's legislative bills, journals, session laws, statutes, codes, judicial rules and opinions of Arizona's attorneys general. A major strength of this Library is the gathering of statutes and decisions from all states of the United States.

Janet Fisher
Janet Fisher

Ms. Fisher is responsible for division operations, strategic planning, human resources and oversees all Law and Research collections. In addition, she coordinates and assists the 13 Federal Depository library collections in Arizona.

Susan Blixt
Susan Blixt
Administrative Librarian

Ms. Blixt is responsible for day-to-day division operations, strategic planning, human resources, and overseeing customer service points.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ The Carnegie Center/Library Development

The Carnegie Center is a multi-service center that serves workers and residents in downtown Phoenix offering meeting space for community groups, as well as a lunchtime speaker’s series. In addition the Center houses the administrative offices of the Library Development Division of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Holly Henley
Holly Henley

Ms. Henley is responsible for division operations and strategic planning; consults on youth services in public libraries; serves as the liaison for teacher librarians; manages the Carnegie Center; and directs the Arizona Center for the Book.

Ms. Henley joined the Arizona State Library’s Library Development Division in 2004 after working in the Kyrene School District in Tempe as a Teacher-Librarian and Assistant Principal. Prior to that, she was a full-time mom to her two sons and volunteered at their schools, serving on the Kyrene Community Foundation Board, as president of the Parent-Teacher Organization, and as an Art Masterpiece guide. She had started her career as a Children’s Librarian in a public library in her home state of Virginia and then became manager of the bookmobile. Holly earned her B.A. in French and Secondary Education from the University of Richmond and her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland in College Park.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Records Management

The Records Management Division is responsible for establishing standards, procedures and techniques for effective management of the public records of Arizona state and local government. The Division operates from a records center housing inactive state agency records.

Lisa Maxwell
Lisa Maxwell

Ms. Maxwell oversees division operations, strategic planning, human resources, and is a consultant on retention schedules and public records laws.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records ~ Museum

Arizona Capitol Museum Exhibits are open to the public Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Joan Clark
Joan Clark
Interim Director

As interim director Ms. Clark oversees division operations, development, special projects, and the Arizona Capitol Museum and the Arizona Memory Project.

June 2012