Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen is serving his second term as the elected Assessor in Maricopa County. After winning a special election in 2014, he was recently re-elected as Assessor in 2016. In the process, Assessor Petersen received over 1 million votes. This is the most votes cast by Maricopa County voters for any elected official in County history. Prior to his election in 2014, Assessor Petersen served nearly eight years in the Assessor's Office working as the Assessor's representative at the Arizona Legislature and as the Public Information Officer. In this capacity he advised the previous Assessor regarding legal, administrative, and political issues regarding the property tax system in Arizona.
Currently, in addition to serving as a county elected officer, Assessor Petersen serves as the President of the Arizona Association of Counties (AACO) for the 2017 calendar year. He is the Vice President of the Arizona Association of Assessing Officers (AAAO) and will lead the organization as their President in 2018. He is also serving as an appointee to the National Association of Counties (NACO) Finance, Pensions, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and was recently appointed to the Arizona Legislature's Study Committee on Private Land Acquisition by former State Senate President Andy Biggs. He is an active member of the Maricopa County Republican Party, the State Republican Party, and a precinct committeeman in Legislative District 25.
Before joining the Maricopa County Assessor's Office, Assessor Petersen was a sole practitioner in his own law office. Assessor Petersen continues to practice law from his Mesa-based law office, and his law practice remains committed to helping people all across the country in their effort to adopt children. He has helped guide families through this complicated process for nearly 15 years and has provided counsel for adoptive and birth parents alike in over 200 adoption cases since the beginning of his adoption practice. Assessor Petersen graduated from the Sandra Day O'Conner School of Law at ASU in 2002. He is admitted to practice law in Arizona and Arkansas.
Assessor Petersen is a fifth-generation Arizonan with familial ties that trace back to the territorial days of our State. He is a lifelong resident of Mesa, Arizona, where he lives with his wife Raquel, and their four children. Assessor Petersen is an avid fan of all things ASU, (his undergraduate degree was from the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism), a lifelong fan of the Arizona Phoenix Suns, and the Arizona Cardinals. In his limited free time, Assessor Petersen attempts to play tennis and golf. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family, particularly in Arizona's White Mountains.