Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen was overwhelmingly elected on Nov. 4, 2014 to serve the remaining term formerly held by Assessor Keith Russell. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Assessor Petersen on August 19, 2013, when Mr. Russell was appointed as the new East Mesa Justice of the Peace. Assessor Petersen originally began working in the Assessor’s office in January 2006 as the assessor representative at the Arizona Legislature, and as a Public Information Officer. He advised the former Assessor on legal, political and administrative issues and has successfully worked with the Arizona Legislature on property tax legislation that affects the Assessor’s Office.
Prior to joining the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Assessor Petersen was a sole practitioner in his own law office. Assessor Petersen continues to practice law; his law practice now consists primarily of helping people all across the country in their efforts to adopt children. Assessor Petersen has actively worked with the Arizona Legislature to streamline the relative adoption process in Arizona.
Assessor Petersen is a fourth generation Arizonan. He graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law in May 2002 with his Juris Doctor and he also holds a B.A. in Journalism from ASU. He has been a member of the Arizona bar association since October 2002 and a member of the Arkansas Bar Association since September 2015. Assessor Petersen is an avid fan of the ASU Sun Devils and the Phoenix Suns. He and his wife Raquel have four children.