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Executive Branch
Statewide Elected Officials

Department of State Treasurer, Office of the Treasurer

History

Duties

The Treasurer...

The treasurer serves as the state's chief financial officer and is charged with prudent management of state money.

Primary responsibilities of the office include the receipt, safekeeping, investment, and disbursement of monies belonging to the state, as well as the safekeeping of investment securities and performance bonds held in trust on behalf of state entities.

The treasurer is elected to serve a four-year term and is third in line of succession to the governor.

The treasurer serves as the chairman of the State Board of Investment, as the state surveyor general and on the state Land Selection Board. The Board has the authority to approve state Land Department recommendations on transactions involving state-trust lands (A.R.S. ยง 37-202).

According to the Arizona Constitution, Article V, Section 10, the state treasurer cannot serve more than two consecutive elected terms.

At the request of the Legislature, the treasurer gives a written report on the condition of the state treasury and on other subjects relating to office duties.

Treasurers Since Statehood

1912-1914

David F. Johnson

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1915-1916

Mit Simms

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1917-1918

David F. Johnson

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1919-1920

Harry S. Ross

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1921-1922

Raymond R. Earhart

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1923-1924

Wayne Hubbs

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1925-1926

V.S. Wright

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1927-1928

J.C. Callaghan

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1929-1930

Charles Price

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Charles R. Price
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1931-1932

Mit Simms

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1933-1934

W.M. Cox

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1935-1936

Mit Simms

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1937-1938

Harry M. Moore

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1939-1940

William G. "Bill" Peterson

Democrat

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Born: September 24, 1898, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Died: November 22, 1968

History: State political activities for William Petersen began when he was elected a member of the House of Representatives by the people of Maricopa County. He served in this capacity during the Twelfth and Thirteenth Legislatures

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William G. "Bill" Peterson
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1941-1942

Joe Hunt

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1943-1944

J.D. "Jim" Brush

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A vacancy in the treasurer's office was created due to conviction and sentencing of J.D. "Jim" Brush for a felony.

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J.D. "Jim" Brush
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1944-1945

Alva E. Weaver

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Alva E. Weaver
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1945-1946

William T. "Bill" Brooks

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William T. "Bill" Brooks
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1947-1948

Mit Simms

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1949-1950

J.W. Kelly

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1951-1952

E.T. "Eddie" Williams Jr.

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1953-1954

J.W. Kelly

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1955-1956

E.T. "Eddie" Williams Jr.

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1957-1958

J.W. Kelly

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1959-1960

H.Y. "Bert" Sprague

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Sprague resigned on March 19, 1960.

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1960

John Quebedeau

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Quebedeau was appointed on March 24, 1960, to fill unexpired term of Bert Sprague.

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John Quebedeau
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1960-1962

J.W. Kelly

Democrat

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Kelly took office three weeks early on Dec. 16, 1960. Neither the Arizona Republic nor the Phoenix Gazette gave an explanation.
J.W. Kelly
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1963-1964

Milton J. Husky

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1965-1966

Bob Kennedy

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1967-1968

Charles H. Garland

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1969-1970

Morris A. Herring

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1971-1973

Ernest Garfield

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Garfield was appointed to the Corporation Commission in 1973.

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1973-1978

Bart Fleming

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Bart Fleming
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1978-1979

Clark Dierks

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Clark Dierks
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1979-1983

Clark Dierks

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1983-1991

Ray Rottas

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1991-1999

Tony West

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1999-2002

Carol Springer

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2003-2006

David A. Petersen

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Petersen resigned on Nov. 30, 2006, as part of a plea agreement for failure to report on a public-disclosure form income earned from a character-education non-profit.

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David A. Petersen
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2006-2006

J. Elliott Hibbs

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Hibbs was appointed as interim treasurer by Gov. Janet Napolitano on Nov. 29, 2006, to fill the Petersen vacancy.

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J. Elliott Hibbs
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2007-2010

Dean Martin

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Dean Martin
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2011-present

Dean Martin

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Doug Ducey
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